After winning a BAFTA for Hunderby, and being nominated again for Camping, Julia Davis writes and directs her new Sky Atlantic comedy, Sally4Ever.
The seven-part show follows Sally (Catherine Shepherd), a conscientious office worker who’s tiptoed through life avoiding risk and adventure. But that all changes when she meets Emma (Julia Davis), a seductive, charismatic, bohemian actress, singer, musician, poet, and author.
Sally ditches her monotonous relationship with her boyfriend David (Alex Macqueen) and embarks on a wild affair with Emma. But barely before Sally’s had a chance to catch her breath and put her clothes back on, her new lover has taken over every aspect of her life. Is this really what Sally wants, or has she made a mistake?
Co-starring an impressive list of British comedy names, including Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh), Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen), Felicity Montagu (the Alan Partridge series) and Jane Stanness (Hunderby), and featuring cameos from the likes of Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings) and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Sally4Ever takes a hilarious and unflinching look at love and sex in our confused, obsessive world.
Julia Davis says...
What’s the premise of the show?
The show is about a woman, Sally, who can’t say no, and ricochets between various people in her search for love. There are various worlds at play in the series: the office, the world of acting and Sally’s family… and they all collide.
Viewers can expect some romance, some enlightening subtext and a variety of bodily fluids. There will be music, dancing, lovemaking and some sad and tender moments. I’m sure it will be called ‘dark’ – or ‘ribald’ seems to be the new word which Vicki Pepperdine and I get a lot for our podcast Dear Joan and Jericha – but I also think ‘silly’ is a word that should be used for some of my greatest works, and also ‘profound’, if you really stop to analyse it.
How did the idea for the series come about? I’d always loved Catherine Shepherd, who plays Sally because she’s so understated and precise. And she corpses a lot. So a few years ago, we decided we had to make a no-budget- whatsoever short film, got a camera and a house and then realised on the day we had no ideas and three hours. So I said, “What if you live in a house and I move in and come on to you?” Then me, her and Julian [Barratt] improvised. Julian played the therapist, a boyfriend, and various other characters, and from there I realised we had something quite interesting that I wanted to explore further.