Netflix release first look images of Catherine Tate’s TV comeback Hard Cell

If you’ve been missing Catherine Tate on your screens, you’ll be pleased to know the comedy genius is set to make her big comeback in the upcoming Netflix series, Hard Cell, due to launch 12 April 2022.

The documentary-style comedy is set in a fictional female prison where Catherine plays multiple characters including Governor Laura Wills and psychopath lifer, Big Viv.

The Doctor Who actress earned her place as a national treasure with her much loved comedy series, The Catherine Tate Show. In fact, she hasn’t played a part in a regular series since Catherine Tate’s Nan in 2015 – so her new project is a pretty big deal.

So, what is this new comedy all about? Netflix explained that the show is set in a woman’s prison. “Tate plays multiple characters as a documentary crew follows the inmates and staff of HMP Woldsley, capturing the penal system at its brutal humorous best.”

The show is set over a 6 week period, during which the inmates rehearse a musical directed by ex-Eastender’s star Cheryl Fergison. Rehearsals draw together an odd collection of women as they find their voices, grow in confidence and strengthen their friendships. Funny yet surprisingly moving, Hard Cell explores the comical truth of prison life.

Executive producer Kristian Smith said: “We cannot wait to show audiences on Netflix the inside of HMP Woldsley, our fictional prison occupied by the fantastic creations of Catherine Tate.”

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Kristian continued: “This series is funny and touching all at once, revealing what life might be like in a British women's correctional facility.”

Catherine summed up her sentiments about the upcoming release in a short, but sweet statement. She added: “Exciting aint it? Exciiiiiiiiiiiting!!!”

The streaming giant has also confirmed it’s both written and directed by Catherine herself, so we can expect the usual comedy excellence.

Netflix have also told us that the series will be six episodes long and revealed that we can expect to see the show in 2022 when it’ll appear on the streaming service. So, something to look forward to in the new year!

Catherine Tate got her start in the entertainment industry with small roles in iconic shows such as The Bill and Men Behaving Badly.

It wasn’t long before Catherine was rubbing shoulders with all the right people. After performing at the Edinburgh Festival, she was approached by Geoffrey Perkins – BBC’s Controller of Comedy at the time – who advised her to develop her character ideas.

Shortly after, Catherine was rewarded with her own show on BBC2. The actress then co-wrote and starred in The Catherine Tate show which ran from 2004 to 2007.

Not long after that, Catherine was cast as Donna Noble, companion to David Tennant who played the tenth Doctor Who.

Since then she's made several TV appearances including a reprisal of one of her Catherine Tate Show characters, Nan.

However, Hard Cell marks Catherine’s big return to an all-out comedy series and will certainly be one for the must-see list of 2022.

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