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Lesbian comic Sandi Toksvig stars in suffragette sitcom

Danish comedian is to join the cast of a new UK sitcom set during the women's rights movement
Sandi Toksvig will star in the BBC4 sitcom which will air on 30 May.

Lesbian comic Sandi Toksvig will join a cast of well experienced British talent in BBC4’s new studio sitcom.

Up The Women, is set in 1910 Britain at the height of the suffragette movement and follows a group of local women starting their own women's rights branch, with hilarious outcomes.

Toksvig will star alongside British character actor Adrian Scarborough, who starred in award winning sitcom Gavin and Stacey. The series also stars its writer Jessica Hynes of Spaced and Doctor Who fame.

Joining them are actresses Georgia Groome, Judy Parfitt and Rebecca Front.

British Comedy Guide says the sitcom will deal with the difficulties faced by the suffragettes in their day to day lives, with character Gwen complaining: ‘What on earth do women need a vote for? My husband votes for who I tell him to vote for. What could be a better system than that?’

Up The Women will be broadcast on UK’s BBC4 on 30 May.

Here is the trailer for the pilot episode:

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