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BBC comedy following an autistic sister tackles ‘very weird subject’

 Ashley Storrie and Kat Ronney playing Nina and Evie in Dinosaur

Have you heard about BBC’s new comedy Dinosaur yet which tackles a “very weird subject”?

That’s not our explanation, but it’s how Ashley Storrie describes the role she plays in her new TV show which she co-created with Matilda Curtis.

Storrie steps into the shoes of Nina, who has autism, and has the shock of her life when sister and best friend Evie [Kat Ronney] announces she is engaged to her partner who she only set eyes upon six weeks ago.

Nina now has to adapt to understand that she will no longer be the most important person in her sister’s life.

Speaking to RadioTimes.com, Storrie said: "It was just sisterhood and that sort of ride-or-die friendship that women can have.

"But also, it’s a weird subject, and it’s one I’m really fascinated by – I think it’s maybe just because I don’t get it fully – but the way people can kind of lose themselves in a relationship. You can lose your friendships in that time.

"It was so exciting just to prod at that very weird subject and have fun with it.”

As well as following the friendship between two sisters Dinosaur also focuses on an autistic character living a life unmasked.

"Nina, as an autistic woman, lives her life unmasked. She just exists without trying to fit in to other people’s lives – her sister loves her and that kind of unconditional love has given her an environment in which to just be herself,” Storrie told the publication.

"To get to do that without having to put on the million different faces that, as a neurodiverse woman - but also just as a woman - that I have to put on every day to get about life, to not have to do that was so liberating."

Discussing the storyline, Storrie added:  "Forced to reconcile with her sister’s impulsive decision, Nina grapples with what this new challenge means, leading to a surprising journey of self-discovery."

David Carlyle plays the sister’s older brother Bo, the part sees a new direction for the actor who was nominated for a BAFTA playing Gregory Finch in Channel 4’s drama It’s A Sin.

He spoke about his experience of playing a comedy role, which as he explained isn’t a complete shift from his previous role.

"But then, of course, I do It’s a Sin, and I think Gloria/Gregory had a lot of fun, life, energy and vibrancy in moments of their character - but equally, the big bit I’m known for is the heart-wrenching stuff and what goes on in his story," he told RadioTimes.com.

"I was definitely keen to let myself off the leash a bit here and flex those comedy muscles."

[ Dinosaur is on BBC One, Fridays at 10.40pm from 19th April, all episodes are available to watch now on BBC iPlayer. ]

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