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Channel 4 announce new comedy-drama The Change from Bridget Christie about the menopause

The new six-part series created, written by, and starring Bridget Christie is about a 50-year-old working-class married mother of two who is having an existential crisis.

The multi-award-winning stand-up comedian, actor and writer will play Linda, a 50-year-old working-class married mother of two who is having an existential crisis. Who is she? What is she? Is this it?

Convinced she’s got early onset dementia after forgetting what a shoe is called, Linda’s GP informs her it is, in fact, the menopause. Feeling invigorated and empowered by this information, Linda decides to claw back some of the time she’s spent doing ‘invisible work’ over the years (not all 3.5 million minutes, just 131,500 of them) to do something for herself… for a change.

Dusting off her old Triumph motorbike that she hasn’t ridden in 30 years, Linda sets off alone to the spectacular wilderness of The Forest of Dean - in search of an identity, a purpose, and a tree she climbed as a child.

Along the way, she meets an array of eccentric locals, including the infamous Eel Sisters, an angry local radio presenter and a mysterious man who lives in the woods with the wild boar. What could possibly go wrong?

Speaking about The Change, Bridget Christie said I’ve got a Channel 4 series??? Are you joking? I’m sorry I don’t know anything about this. Unless I’ve forgotten? I am having terrible trouble remembering things at the moment because of the menopause. What’s it about?"

To which Channel 4's Head of Comedy, Fiona McDermott added Bridget pitched the show with the tagline "Shirley Valentine meets Deliverance. With Pigs’. She had us at pigs. We’re so thrilled to be working with her and Expectation and be able to hero a woman like Linda at the centre of a show that so brilliantly tackles big themes – feminism, health, identity, class and the natural world – but wraps them up with Bridget’s signature charm, curiosity and comic expertise. It’s a timely show from a comic at the height of her powers."

The series will be produced by Expectation and Executive Producer Morwenna Gordon said "We couldn't be more excited to work with Bridget on channelling her brilliant comic voice into a narrative comedy. She's putting the menopause at the heart of the story, against the beautiful, magical and at times unsettling backdrop of The Forest of Dean, and we’ve no doubt The Change will be a real treat for Channel 4 viewers."

The Change was commissioned for Channel 4 by Fiona McDermott and Laura Riseam with Bridget Christie, Nerys Evans and Morwenna Gordon as Executive Producer and will be produced by Lisa Mitchell.

The Change will air on Channel 4

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