Director Natalie Bailey works on the set of the TV series Open Slather with actor Michael Veitch. Supplied by Foxtel.
Director Natalie Bailey works on the set of the TV series Open Slather with actor Michael Veitch. Supplied by Foxtel.

Director back on home soil with new comedy

NATALIE Bailey grew up on the Sunshine Coast watching shows like The D Generation.

Now she's working with her comedy idols from that series and others on Foxtel's hit new show, Open Slather.

The fast-paced sketch show stars Kath & Kim favourites Gina Riley, Jane Turner, Magda Szubanski, Glenn Robbins and Marg Downey as well as Shane Jacobson, Stephen Curry and Michael Veitch.

Open Slather's debut was the biggest series launch in Foxtel history, attracting a quarter of a million viewers.

"I grew up loving Marg and Magda and Gina. This is a big deal for me," Ms Bailey said.

"The D Generation was something I grew up watching and that sort of humour I really loved.

"It's wonderful to meet the people you idolised as a kid.

"They've been fantastic to work with and we all get along really well."

The Maroochydore State High School and QUT graduate, who grew up in Buderim, shares directing duties on the 20-part series with Steve Saussey.

Filming will take place in Melbourne during November.

Open Slather parodies a wide range of Australian personalities and cultural trends ranging from Gina Rinehart to MasterChef and Downton Abbey.

Ms Bailey was in talks for the show when she moved back late last year.

After living in London for 14 years, she needed a crash course on shows such as The Real Housewives of Melbourne and those "I bought a Jeep" ads.

"I'd been away for so long I've had to reconnect with Australian society," she said.

During her time overseas, Ms Bailey worked as a producer and director for BBC Comedy and worked with David Hasselhoff on the comedy series Hoff the Record.

Open Slather airs Sundays at 7.30pm on The Comedy Channel.


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