Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge) and Sarah Solemani (Him and Her) are set to star in a new six-part comedy drama commissioned by Channel 4, Chivalry.
The series – written by Solemani – takes an uncompromising look at romance in a post #MeToo era and gives a comedic insight into the battleground of sexual politics.
Bobby (Sarah Solemani) and Cameron (Steve Coogan) are a completely mismatched pair, forced together by a cynical studio executive in order to save a failing movie.
Bobby is a woke writer and director who is currently an industry favourite, following her successful low-budget indie debut.
The mother-of-one has a perilous relationship with a dodgy visa and if she can put her feminist values to one side to rescue the sexually controversial thriller, she’ll receive much-needed studio funding for her feminist Biblical biopic.
Cameron is a ‘ladies man’ and successful film producer, who is licking his wounds after being dumped once again by another twenty-something girlfriend over WhatsApp.
He knows he needs to rebrand himself and detoxifying this sexist movie will save him from ruin.
Working through their gender tensions, Cameron and Bobby form an unlikely partnership, within which a slow attraction starts to build.
Reshooting a toxic sex scene becomes the least of their worries, as the pair begin to realise they are just pawns in the studio’s plans for a Saudi buyout.
Chivalry begs the question: how important are our politics when it comes to love?
Sarah Solemani commented: “Chivalry was born through a series of fiery debates with my comedy hero and renowned feminist, Steve Coogan.”
Steve Coogan added: “I am delighted to be working with the very funny, clever Sarah Solemani in the landscape of what in less enlightened times was called ‘the battle of the sexes’.
“Chivalry is more of a painfully honest, funny fencing match.
“We will attack, riposte, lunge, parry and counter-parry and perhaps, when the bout is over, take off our masks revealing our true selves.”
Chivalry is produced by Baby Cow Productions in association with Channel 4.