Comedian Rob Beckett says his own experiences inspired his new BBC sitcom Static which also stars Alison Steadman and Phil Davis
Comedian Rob Beckett’s latest show Static kicks off on Friday as part of the BBC’s season of comedy pilots.
The sitcom documents the life of a twenty-something-man who is forced to move back in with his parents when he runs out of money.
Speaking to the TV Times Rob revealed that he based the show on his own experiences.
Rob’s parents moved from London to Margate but unlike his character they moved to a house. In Static, Rob’s parents move to to a caravan park!
Rob said: “I just thought that a caravan park would be funny for a sitcom.”
He added: “It might not be the coolest, hippest place, put it’s that simple, working-class life of having toad in the hole and then going to bingo, which is comforting compared to London, which can be scary and lonely.”
Also staring in the show is Gavin & Stacey’s Alison Steadman and Poldark’s Phil Davis, who play Rob’s parents.
Speaking about working alongside the duo Rob said: “I was over the moon when they agreed to be part of the show.”
He added: “They’re both legends and Phil Davis looks more like my dad than my dad”.
Although the comedian enjoyed the company of his on-screen parents, he admitted that their talent was a little intimidating. He said: “On the first day of rehearsals, I was more scared than I’d ever been in y life.
“I was like, ‘Stop acting so well as me, I don’t know what to do!’ and then I was like, ‘Rob you’re playing yourself, you cannot get this wrong – you’ve been method acting for 31 years.'”
Static airs on Friday 8 September on BBC1 at 10.35pm