Actor Rasika Dugal has joined British veteran Stephen Fry for international comedy audio series The Empire. Dugal, who was last seen in Mirzapur 2, has signed the BBC Radio 2 series, written by Indian stand-up comedian-screenwriter Anuvab Pal and directed by Ed Morrish, an award-winning radio comedy producer.
The Empire is set in Imperial India, where the new district magistrate of Darjeeling grapples with the responsibilities of his new post with the help – and sometimes hindrance – of his colleagues, read the official synopsis.
“Anuvab Pal’s script had me in splits when I read it. I had come off a three month long shoot for an intense drama series and comedy is just what I needed,” Dugal said in a statement.
The comedy series will also voice feature Doctor Who actor Michelle Gomez and actor-writer Alexander Owen of Midsomer Murders fame. Dugal has lent her voice for the character of Sapna, a proto-revolutionary.
The sitcom is set in India in 1911.
It stars Stephen Fry, Alexander Owen, Michelle Gomez, Rasika Duggal, Ishan Akbar, and others.
I’ve written it. Ed Morrish has produced/ directed it.
Out on BBC Radio 2 soon. https://t.co/uX6NOG2iM8
— Anuvab Pal (@AnuvabPal) February 15, 2021
The 32-year-old actor said she is honoured to collaborate with the likes of Fry, Owen and Gomez for the show.
“All of us logged in to a zoom call and recorded from studios in different parts of the world from different time zones. It was a delight to witness so much talent and listen to such beautiful voices,” she said. The Empire, which is a Channel X production for BBC Radio 2, will release on Sunday.
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