Psychobitches is a Sky Arts British television show directed by Jeremy Dyson. The show is set in a therapy room and is an all-star sketch show that stars famous women from history and fiction.[1] The women are seeking psychotherapy and go to the therapy room to talk to Rebecca Front, who stars as the somewhat judgmental psychologist. The women go to the therapist to discuss their thoughts, flaws and fears and leave slightly madder than before.[2]

Psychobitches
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GenreSketch show, comedy, drama
Written byJeremy Dyson
Bert Tyler-Moore
George Jeffrie
Ben Cavey
Pippa Brown
Ali Crockatt
Lucy Montgomery
David Scott
Seb Cardinal
Dustin Demri-Burns
Directed byJeremy Dyson
StarringVarious
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes11+Pilot (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Saskia Schuster
Ben Cavey
Lucy Lumsden
Sophie Clarke-Jervoise
Producer(s)Pippa Brown
Editor(s)Peter Hallworth
Production company(s)Tiger Aspect Productions
DistributorEndemol UK
Release
Original networkSky Arts
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release21 June 2012 (2012-06-21) –
23 December 2014 (2014-12-23)
External links
Website

Broadcast historyEdit

Psychobitches was originally aired as a one-off pilot in 2012, as part of the Sky Arts Playhouse Presents self-contained TV plays. The pilot was originally aired on 21 June 2012 as episode 11 of series one of Playhouse Presents and lasted 30 minutes.[3]

After the successful pilot, a five-part series was released in 2013 during series two of Playhouse Presents (episodes 7, 9, 11, 13 and 14).[4]

Following the success of the first series, a full six-episode series was commissioned by Sky Arts as its own entity and was aired from 25 November 2014 with a double bill.[5]

Regular castEdit

EpisodesEdit

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Pilot121 June 2012 (2012-06-21)
1530 May 2013 (2013-05-30)27 June 2013 (2013-06-27)
2625 November 2014 (2014-11-25)23 December 2014 (2014-12-23)

Pilot (2012) as part of Playhouse PresentsEdit

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
"Playhouse Presents: Psychobitches"Jeremy DysonJeremy Dyson, Laurence Rickard, Simon Carlyle, Morwenna Banks, Bert Tyler-Moore, George Jeffrie21 June 2012 (2012-06-21)
Cast: Rebecca Front as the Therapist, Catherine Tate as Eva Braun and Édith Piaf, Sharon Horgan as Jane Austen and Frida Kahlo, Katy Brand as Joan of Arc and George Eliot, Sheila Reid as Mother Teresa, Sam Spiro as Mary Whitehouse and Judy Garland, Selina Griffiths as Beatrix Potter, Andy Nyman as Sarah, Abraham’s wife and Kathy Burke as The Mona Lisa.[3]

Series 1 (2013) as part of Playhouse PresentsEdit

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Playhouse Presents: Psychobitches Part One"Jeremy DysonJeremy Dyson, Simon Carlyle, Bert Tyler-Moore, George Jeffrie, Ali Crockatt, Pelham Levy, Lucy Montgomery, David Scott, Freddy Syborn, Holly Walsh30 May 2013 (2013-05-30)
Cast: Rebecca Front as the Therapist, Mark Gatiss as Joan Crawford, Frances Barber as Bette Davis, Llewella Gideon as Rosa Parks, Samantha Spiro as Audrey Hepburn, Julia Davis as Sylvia Plath, Sharon D. Clarke as Nina Simone, Katy Brand as Emily Brontë, Selina Griffiths as Charlotte Brontë, Sarah Solemani as Anne Brontë, Sharon Horgan as Eva Peron, Katy Brand as Jacqueline du Pre, Sheila Reid as Margot Fonteyn.[6]
22"Playhouse Presents: Psychobitches Part Two"Jeremy DysonJeremy Dyson, Bert Tyler-Moore, George Jeffrie, Ali Crockatt, Lucy Montgomery, David Scott, Jessie Cave6 June 2013 (2013-06-06)
Cast: Rebecca Front as the Therapist, Selina Griffiths as Beatrix Potter, Katy Brand as Diana Dors, Samantha Spiro as Marilyn Monroe, Frances Barber as Doris Stokes, Samantha Spiro as Mary, Mother of Jesus, Mathew Baynton as Jesus, Sharon Horgan as Virginia Woolf and Cleopatra, Sharon D Clarke as Bessie Smith, Steve Pemberton as Dian Fossey and Julia Davis as Enid Blyton.[7]
33"Playhouse Presents: Psychobitches Part Three"Jeremy DysonJeremy Dyson, Bert Tyler-Moore, George Jeffrie, Ali Crockatt, Lucy Montgomery, David Scott, Holly Walsh, Julia Davis, Jamie Lennox, Louis Waymouth13 June 2013 (2013-06-13)
Cast: Rebecca Front as the Therapist, Samantha Spiro as Liz Taylor, Selina Griffiths as Amalia Freud, Joanna Scanlan as Barbara Woodhouse, Reece Shearsmith as Old Mother Shipton, Julia Davis as Joy Adamson, Jack Whitehall as Diana Spencer, Sharon Horgan as Leni Riefenstahl, Selina Griffiths as Marie Curie, Sharon Horgan as Madame de Pompadour and Samantha Spiro as Golda Meir.[8]
44"Playhouse Presents: Psychobitches Part Four"Jeremy DysonJeremy Dyson, Ali Crockatt, David Scott, Freddy Syborn, Derren Litten20 June 2013 (2013-06-20)
Cast: Rebecca Front as the Therapist, Ted Robbins as Emmeline Pankhurst, Samantha Spiro as Barbara Castle, Julia Davis as Helen of Troy, Michelle Gomez as Mary, Queen of Scots, Tamsin Egerton as Nancy Spungen, Sharon Horgan as Eve, Julia Davis as Helen Keller and Katy Brand as Mary Shelley.[9]
55"Playhouse Presents: Psychobitches Part Five"Jeremy DysonJeremy Dyson, Bert Tyler-Moore, George Jeffrie, Ali Crockatt, Lucy Montgomery, David Scott, Derren Litten, Kathy Burke27 June 2013 (2013-06-27)
Cast: Rebecca Front as the Therapist, Sharon Horgan as Boudica, Samantha Spiro as Jackie Kennedy, Julia Davis as Mary Pickford, Zawe Ashton as Eartha Kitt, Kathy Burke as Mona Lisa, Sarah Solemani as Anne Frank, Frances Barber as Catherine the Great, Sheila Reid as Betty Ford, Harry Enfield as 'Mrs' Alfred Hitchcock, Samantha Spiro as Queen Victoria and Tom Stuart as Prince Albert.[10]

Series 2 (2014)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
61"Playhouse Presents: Psychobitches"Jeremy DysonJeremy Dyson, Bert Tyler-Moore, George Jeffrie, Ali Crockatt, David Scott, Holly Walsh, Kathy Burke, Seb Cardinal, Dustin Demri-Burns, Dafydd James, Ben Lewis, Dan Swimer25 November 2014 (2014-11-25)
Cast: Rebecca Front as the Therapist, Michelle Gomez as Mary Queen of Scots, Sharon Horgan as Unity Mitford, Samantha Spiro as Jessica Mitford, Sophie Ellis-Bextor as Nancy Mitford, Morgana Robinson as Anna Nicole Smith, Selina Griffiths as Marie Antoinette, Doon Mackichan as Catherine Howard, Samantha Spiro as Betty Knox, Seb Cardinal as Jack Wilson, Dustin Demri-Burns as Joe Keppel, Seb Cardinal as Janis Joplin, Kathy Burke as Queen Mother, Reece Shearsmith as Princess Margaret, Frances Barber as Elizabeth I, Sharon Horgan as Tammy Wynette, Katy Brand as Medusa, Michelle Gomez as Margaret Thatcher and Morgana Robinson as Venus.[11]
72"Playhouse Presents: Psychobitches"Jeremy DysonJeremy Dyson, Ali Crockatt, Lucy Montgomery, David Scott, Seb Cardinal, Dustin Demri-Burns, Toby Davies25 November 2014 (2014-11-25)
Cast: Rebecca Front as the Therapist, Katy Brand as Emily Brontë, Selina Griffiths as Charlotte Brontë, Sarah Solemani as Anne Brontë, Morgana Robinson as Bo Peep, Sharon Horgan as Anna Sewell, Seb Cardinal as Anne Boleyn, Andy Nyman as Henry VIII, Jeremy Dyson as Branwell Brontë, Sharon Horgan as Carmen Miranda, Samantha Spiro as Katharine Hepburn, Liza Tarbuck as Miss Muffet, Jack Whitehall as Prince Charming, Sheridan Smith as Sleeping Beauty, Morgana Robinson as Linda McCartney and Frances Barber as St Catherine.[12]
83"Psychobitches"Jeremy DysonJeremy Dyson, Ali Crockatt, Lucy Montgomery, David Scott, Toby Davies2 December 2014 (2014-12-02)
Cast: Rebecca Front as the Therapist, Mark Benton as Mrs Noah, Sharon Horgan as Bonnie Parker, Pippa Brown as Coco Chanel, Samantha Spiro as Amelia Earhart, Selina Griffiths as Amy Johnson, Sharon Horgan as Grace Kelly, Michelle Gomez as Ingrid Bergman, Samantha Spiro as Janet Leigh and Lucille Ball, Morgana Robinson as Mary Magdalene, Frances Barber as Whistler's Mother, Tom Stuart as Bob Hope and Martha Howe-Douglas as Pocahontas.[13]
94"Playhouse Presents: Psychobitches"Jeremy DysonJeremy Dyson, Bert Tyler-Moore, George Jeffrie, Ali Crockatt, David Scott, Seb Cardinal, Dustin Demri-Burns, Toby Davies9 December 2014 (2014-12-09)
Cast: Rebecca Front as the Therapist, Selina Griffiths as Marie Antoinette, Samantha Spiro as Barbara Stanwyck, Katy Brand as Gertrude Jekyll, Dustin Demri-Burns as Lady Godiva, Sharon Horgan as Lucreia Borgia, Zawe Ashton as Nefertiti, Dustin Demri-Burns as Pandora, Sharon Horgan as PL Travers, Johnny Vegas as Salome, Frances Barber as Thora Hird, Michelle Gomez as Wallis Simpson.[14]
105"Psychobitches"Jeremy DysonJeremy Dyson, Ali Crockatt, David Scott, Dafydd James, Ben Lewis, Jeremy Front, John Kearns16 December 2014 (2014-12-16)
Cast: Rebecca Front as the Therapist, Sheila Reid as Mother Teresa, Katy Brand as Medusa, Doon Mackichan as Delilah, Miranda Richardson as Enid Blyton, Michelle Gomez as Florence Nightingale, Katy Brand as Georgia O'Keefe and Isadora Duncan, Frances Barber as Josephine Joseph, Jack Whitehall as Maria Von Trapp, Selina Griffiths as Marie Stopes and Dustin Demri-Burns as Nora Ephron.[15]
116"Psychobitches"Jeremy DysonJeremy Dyson23 December 2014 (2014-12-23)
Cast: Rebecca Front as the Therapist, Kevin Eldon as Witch of Endor, Morgana Robinson as Daphne du Maurier, Frances Barber as Barbara Cartland, Seb Cardinal as Fanny Cradock, Samantha Spiro as Gracie Fields, Meera Syal as Hera, Michelle Gomez as Hildegard von Bingen, Sharon Horgan as Simone de Beauvoir, Doon Mackichan as Statue of Liberty, Dustin Demri-Burns as Stygian Witch Alarm, Liza Tarbuck as Stygian Witch Dread, Seb Cardinal as Stygian Witch Horror, Marc Wootton as The Goddess Kali, Mathew Baynton as Witch of Wookey Hole and Richard E. Grant as Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Collins, Andrew (22 November 2014). "Psychobitches: back on the couch". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Psychobitches". British Comedy Guide. British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Playhouse Presents: Psychobitches". British Comedy Guide. British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  4. ^ Daniels, Colin. "Rebecca Front, Julia Davis for Sky Arts 'Psychobitches' series". Digital Spy. Digital Spy. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  5. ^ "The Psychobitches are back". Chortle. Chortle. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Series 1 Episode 1". British Comedy Guide. British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Series 1 Episode 2". British Comedy Guide. British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Series 1 Episode 3". British Comedy Guide. British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Series 1 Episode 4". British Comedy Guide. British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Series 1 Episode 5". British Comedy Guide. British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Series 2, Episode 1". British Comedy Guide. British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Series 2, Episode 2". British Comedy Guide. British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Series 2, Episode 3". British Comedy Guide. British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  14. ^ "Series 2, Episode 4". British Comedy Guide. British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Series 1, Episode 5". British Comedy Guide. British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  16. ^ "Series 2, Episode 6". British Comedy Guide. British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 5 January 2015.

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