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Matthew Perry to star in one-off UK TV comedy for Sky Arts

Matthew Perry

Story by Jack Foley

FORMER Friends luminary Matthew Perry is to make his British TV debut in a one-off Sky Arts comedy to be shown in May.

The Dog Thrower will see the actor, best known for playing Chandler Bing in the classic comedy, playing “a charismatic man” who enchants onlookers by throwing his dog in the air.

It will be aired as part of Sky Arts’ Playhouse Presents… strand and co-stars Tim Key. The comedy has been written by author and journalist Jon Ronson, who also makes his directorial debut.

It is one of eight stand-alone comedy and drama programmes, which also boast the line-up of Mark Strong, Jane Horrocks, Jo Brand, Simon Callow, Lindsay Duncan, Ben Whishaw, Daniel Mays and Sylvia Sims.

The remaining programmes are…

Nosferatu In Love – Mark Strong plays a tormented movie actor who runs away from a film set. Written by Peter Straughan, who was nominated for an Oscar for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (which co-starred Strong).

The Cruise – Jane Horrocks plays a mobile hairdresser who is about to fulfil her dream of going on a cruise.

Nightshift – Daniel Mays, Ashley Walters and Scarlett Alice Johnson appear in this story of two police officers cruising south-east London.

Foxtrot – The first TV project by acclaimed playwright Polly Stenham, who has written and directed the tale of a failed gang heist, starring Billie Piper and Ben Whishaw.

Space Age – Jointly written by actors Ralf Little and Nick Moran, and starring Richard Wilson and Simon Callow as two ageing astronauts.

Damned – The story of a put-upon social worker, starring and co-written by comedian Jo Brand.

Timeless – Model Cara Delevingne makes her TV debut as a young woman looking after her great-grandmother, played by Sylvia Syms. Penned by Tim Firth, who wrote the film Calendar Girls.

The programmes will be screened between May 1 and June 19.

Perry will shortly be back on US TV screens in an update of classic TV comedy The Odd Couple. His other TV credits post-Friends have included Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Mr Sunshine and The Good Wife (in which he had a recurring role).

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