Behind the scenes look into the back-biting world of TV is a soothing experience

Behind the scenes look into the back-biting world of TV is a soothing experience

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00:29 GMT, 17 August 2012

Gentle plays are in short supply at
the Fringe — a festival that has always favoured the brash and
attention-seeking.

Lynne Truss’s 45-minute comedy is an enjoyable peek
behind the scenes into the catty world of TV.

The plot hinges on the DVD release of a
fictional Eighties TV costume drama called Mrs Milliner, about a woman
who makes posh hats.

Janet Ellis plays a high-maintenance star of the small screen

Janet Ellis plays a high-maintenance star of the small screen

There is a reunion of cast and creatives for the
audio commentary. Alas, only three of them turn up.

Janet Ellis plays the one- time leading lady — now a high-maintenance fallen star of the small screen.

Martin Miller is the hat bore who
insists on belabouring the difference between ‘peach’ and ‘nectarine’.
And Sonia Beck is a country battleaxe in Barbour and green wellies who
retired from telly production to open a dog’s home in Shropshire.

The pace won’t make you hang on to your hat, but I found it as soothing and comforting as a cup of Horlicks.