Audio sitcom Cat/Person, a series of overheard conversations between a broken man Matthew (Chris Heath) and Hobson (Sue Vincent), his sarcastic, selfish, sociopathic rescue cat, is to be developed into a TV series.

Saffron Cherry Productions (The Madame Blanc Mysteries), has secured the TV rights for Chris Heath’s (The World According to Grandpa) audio sitcom.

The announcement comes as brand-new episodes of the audio sitcom are set to be released weekly on all major podcast platforms, starting this week, while plans for a Cat/Person live show are underway.

Cat/Person accurately and hilariously encapsulates the kind of relentless emotional hazing that cats love to lavish on their eager-to-please ‘owners’.  After a trip to the local Animal Shelter, Matthew chooses Hobson, a rescue cat played by Sue Vincent (The Madame Blanc Mysteries, Alma’s Not Normal, Blindspot). Matthew is sentimental, messy and lonely. Hobson is hungry and is insisting on a treat. In each episode, we will be privy to a selection of conversations between human and cat, as Matthew tries his best to navigate his new life as a near shut-in, with Hobson conveniently on-hand to point out just how badly he’s doing at this. We’ll be listening in as Matthew tackles the biggest obstacles in life as he now knows it: social media, insomnia, love, death, sex, comfort eating and drinking.

Cat/Person will be developed by Saffron Cherry Productions, a multi-genre production company, based in Manchester, led by MD Caroline Roberts-Cherry, with writer, producer and actor Sally Lindsay as creative director. A female-led company, Saffron Cherry is committed to all types of diversity and representation in the television industry, in front of and behind the camera, which is evidenced across its output.

Caroline Roberts-Cherry, MD, Saffron Cherry Productions, said: “Chris has a brilliant ability to make his audience laugh and Cat/Person is the latest creation he has brought to Saffron Cherry Productions. We love working with both Chris and Sue and so this really is the Cat’s Whiskers.”

Chris Heath, writer and voice of Matthew said: “It’s stupidly exciting to see what’s next for Cat/Person… It’s picked up a real groundswell through word of mouth and I know there’s no better place to build the show than at Saffron Cherry, with Caroline and Sally.”

Sue Vincent, voice of Hobson added: “Being the voice of Hobson is an absolute joy. Cat/Person is the perfect blend of belly laughter and tears. The relationship between a man and his cat is a complex one, especially when it’s a cat with an ego.”

Michael Burns

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