Norman Wisdom makes television return

Veteran comic Norman Wisdom is to play a randy pensioner in a new drama series, it was announced today.

Veteran comic Norman Wisdom is to play a randy pensioner in a new drama series, it was announced today.

The star – famed for his stumbles and cries of “Mr Grimsdale” – will appear in Between The Sheets, a major six-part drama looking at sex lives.

Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn heads the cast of the programme which has been written by Kay Mellor, who was behind Band Of Gold and Playing The Field.

The show is currently filming on location in Yorkshire and programme makers say it gives a “frank and honest exploration of what makes people function sexually.

It examines why turn-ons for some people leave others feeling cold through the eyes of couples who have sought sex therapy.

Wisdom plays an elderly character who still has an active sex life with his partner, played by Royle Family actress Liz Smith.

The 88-year-old actor has clocked up appearances in BBC1’s Casualty and ITV1’s The Last Detective in recent years.

But he is best remembered for movies such as What’s Good For The Goose and The Night They Raided Minsky’s.

Blethyn plays Hazel Delany who appears to have the perfect marriage with self-made property developer Peter (played by Alun Armstrong) but there are problems lurking below the surface.

Also in the cast are former Coronation Street actress Gaynor Faye who plays a hostess at a lap dancing bar and Julie Graham who recently starred in William And Mary with Martin Clunes.

Mellor said: “I’ve been toying around with the idea for a while, but I feel the time is right now.

“Between The Sheets is a no-holds barred, frank exploration about heterosexuality in the twenty-first century.”

The series is expected to be screened in the autumn in peak-time.

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