Michelle De Swarte

BBC commissions new comedies starring David Mitchell, Michelle De Swarte and more

Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy for the BBC, announced the slate during a speech at the BBC’s Comedy Festival in Cardiff. He said: “It’s no exaggeration to say that British Comedy is hugely important to television and the national cultural landscape. It is a public service and needed now more than ever.

Sky reveals first look at new horror comedy The Baby

Debut screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace (Sex Education) and Lucy Gaymer co-wrote the eight-part series, a darkly funny exploration of motherhood from the perspective of a woman who doesn’t want to be one.

Actor and comedian Michelle De Swarte stars as the 38-year-old Natasha, whose closest friends are all having children. Natasha is furious, but when she is unexpectedly given a baby of her own, her life implodes. As she discovers the true extent of the baby's evil nature, she is forced to resort to increasingly desperate measures to rid herself of it.

Michelle De Swarte to lead Sister’s comedy horror The Baby

Michelle De Swarte (credit: Leo Cackett)

Written by debut screenwriter Siân Robins-Grace, who has acted as a co-producer on Sex Education, De Swarte will play 38-year old Natasha, the friend who has never made long-term plans and spends her life doing things on her own terms. When she’s suddenly landed with a baby, her solipsistic life dramatically implodes. With controlling, manipulative and violent powers, the baby soon turns Natasha’s life into a living hell.

As Natasha begins to discover the baby’s truly deadly nature, she makes increasingly desperate attempts to escape, but the baby simply won’t let her.