Monday, July 17, 2017


High and Dry is a spoof of Lost 

Marc Wootton is making E4 sitcom set on a desert island, Chortle can reveal.

The character comic will write and star in High & Dry, a Lost parody in which the survivors of a plane crash wash up on a remote Pacific island. Wootton, the creator of spoof psychic Shirley Ghostman, plays sociopathic Australian air steward Brett Sullivan in the comedy. 

Shot entirely on location in the Seychelles, it was piloted as a Channel 4 Blap in 2015. Vicki Pepperdine also stars as the plain-speaking Harriet, with Harry Peacock – who plays Toast of London's rival Ray Purchase – as cautious family man Douglas. People Just Do Nothing's Asim Chaudhry is the spaced-out Arnab, while US actor Grace Rex, who appeared in Ben Stiller's film of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, plays the dutiful Susan. 

 The six 30-minute episodes, made by Steve Coogan's Baby Cow Productions, follow the survivors as they try to band together to keep themselves alive, even as the overbearing Sullivan declares himself 'King of the Island'. Wootton said: 

'Having helped me develop the project from its infancy, I am honoured to be working with the fantastic team at Channel 4 again. Baby Cow are peerless when it comes to scripted comedy and I can't think of a finer producing partnership. 'We are fortunate enough to have attracted the finest of comedy casts who make me laugh daily. The only shame in all this is that we are being forced to film the entire show in the Seychelles. The commute is nightmarish.

High and Dry is directed by Dave Lambert, whose previous credits include Alan Partridge and The Mighty Boosh, with Mid Morning Matters's Kerry Waddell producing. Paul Schlesinger and Christine Langan executive produce for Baby Cow. The series was commissioned by Fiona McDermott, Channel 4's head of comedy and commissioning editor Jack Bayles. Bayles said: 

'In High and Dry, Marc has conceived a brilliantly ambitious, yet utterly ridiculous new sitcom. Alongside Brett - truly the air steward from hell - is a fantastic assortment of characters played by a wonderful ensemble cast. It’s totally, totally nuts and we love it' 

Wootton, who began his comedy career in the spoof eco-warrior group Cyderdelic alongside Barry Castagnola and Liam Woodman, initially came to prominence in the 2005 BBC Three series High Spirits With Shirley Ghostman, a character he has intermittently performed live and reprised for the 2010 series La La Land. In recent years, Wootton has had guest roles in Inside No. 9, Psychobitches and Drunk History. But High & Dry is his first broadcast vehicle since the 2013 BBC Three assisted suicide comedy Way To Go, which co-starred The Inbetweeners's Blake Harrison.

 - by Jay Richardson Published: 17 Jul 2017

 source CHORTLE

Monday, July 10, 2017


Following a Channel 4 Comedy Blap pilot, High and Dry the series is now being filmed in the Seychelles.

High and Dry is a Baby Cow Production.


Thursday, April 27, 2017


2015 - Marc as Brett Sullivan in High and Dry - a Baby Cow Production - watch it here:

"When a plane bound for Britain crashes at sea, the survivors are thrown together on a tropical island somewhere in the Pacific. How will they cope? Will they be rescued? And how will family man Douglas Jennings deal with sociopath air steward Brett Sullivan?"


Deborah Findlay, Jessie Cave, Asim Chaudhry, Marc Wootton and Harry Peacock

High and Dry cast and crew in Portugal

Friday, December 16, 2016


Nativity 2 Danger in the Manger starring Marc as Mr Poppy and David Tennant is on BBC2 tomorrow, Saturday 17th December 2016 at 4.35pm 

"A worried new teacher has to juggle a pregnant wife and a class of children on a road trip to the national Song for Christmas competition."

Also starring Jason Watkins, Ben Wilby, Joanna Page, Jessica Hynes, Ian McNeice and Pam Ferris.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Couples by Marc Wootton and Julia Davis has been shortlisted for a BBC audio Drama award in the Best Scripted Comedy category.

Cast: Marc Wootton, Vicki Pepperdine and Julia Davis


Best Scripted Comedy

Couples by Julia Davis & Marc Wootton, producer Ashley Blaker

DOT: The Mystery at St. Horribly-Vulture’s School for Boys by Ed Harris, producer Jessica Mitic

Guilt Trip by Felicity Montagu, Olivia Nixon and Katherine Jakeways, producer Jane Berthoud

Lewis Macleod’s Wired News by John McGlade, Gabby Hutchison-Crouch, Neil Bratchpiece, Dale Shaw, Richard Cray, Steven Dick, Stuart Docherty, Stephen Holford, Kieron Nicholson, John Sheerman, Dan Sweryt, Stephen Mawhinney, Stu Cooper, producer Gus Beattie

Love in Recovery by Pete Jackson, producer Ben Worsfield

Secret Kebabs by Christine Entwisle, producer Kirsty Williams

The Strange Vanishing of Julian Quark by Tom Wainwright, producer Sasha Yevtushenko

To read more about the awards visit the official page HERE

Tuesday, November 01, 2016


Shirley Ghostman's SPOOKTACULAR tour ended on Saturday 29th October 2016 in Manchester after 2 nights at the Gorton Monastery following a 5 night run at the Bush Hall in London (22-26 October 2016).

Shirley's Spirit academy flocked to see his brand new Spooktacular shows in London and Manchester - also Jack Whitehall, Richard Herring, Reece Shearsmith, Stephen Mulhern, Kevin Rowland and Echo and the Bunnymen.

More Shirley news soon....

Manchester Shirley Ghostman photos:

via @bunnymen: 

"Shirley Ghostman was out of this world tonight, please come to Liverpool soon Shirley, Cilia Black is waiting for you. 👻 Echo and the Bunnymen.

Mr Ghostman and his assistant Janet at the Gorton Monastery - by Pingli

Marc after the show with Debbie

 Claire and Emma meet Marc after the show

Debbie with Mr Ghostman during the Spooktacular interval

Mr Ghostman's Manchester venue - the Gorton Monastery

Photos by Debbie, Melanie, Emma and Claire

Shirley Ghostman in London at the Bush Hall: 

Mr Ghostman during the interval chatting with (Steve) the audience collecting his box of audience questions - via @backtoblack1984

Mr Ghostman's venue - The Bush Hall, Shepherd's Bush, London

Mr Ghostman with his box - via Tim aka @muddybloke

Thanks to Craig Parker for this brilliant photo taken with fellow Shirley audience member and fan Reece Shearsmith.

Shirley's audience via @Lilmissilex - Holly Fisher

Sunday, October 23, 2016


Last night Shirley kicked off the first of his five night Spooktacular at the Bush Hall, London...

Mr Ghostman then moves to the Gorton Monastery Manchester for another 2 nights 28-29 October.

For tickets click: HERE 

...Some photos from last night...

Mr Ghostman takes to the stage

Mr Ghostman connects with the Spooktacular audience

Thanks to Ann Elliot - Liam Woodman, Ann and Marc - after the Spooktacular