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Meet the couple behind the hit show about a disabled dog

Harriet Dyer and Patrick Brammall with colin the injured dog

The couple behind hit Australian comedy Colin From Accounts have said they did not want their show to be “cutesy”.

Paramount+ creator and star Harriet Dyer was adamant not to make a “doggy show” with her co-creator,  co-star and husband, Patrick Brammall.

If you haven’t seen it, their show centres around two lonely people, played by Dyer and Brammall, looking after a disabled dog - but the alternative version suggested changing the pet for an elderly woman.

In the opening episode Ashley [Dyer], a medical student, flashes a boob to microbrewery owner Gordon [Brammall] whilst he is driving causing him to crash into a dog called Colin.

The pair eventually fall in love and take the injured pup under their wing.

Dyer came up with the premise after uprooting to Los Angeles in 2017 with Bramall, who was working on an American adaptation of his Australian TV show No Activity.

“I was very used to working in Australia as an actor,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “I had never been still.” 

Dyer came up with the idea for the show, when she shared it with her partner he was impressed.

‘You didn’t tell me you were actually a writer,'” he recalled. “She said, ‘I’m not. It’s the first thing I’ve ever written.’ I’m like, ‘Well, that’s annoying.'”

When asked how they dreamt up the title, Dyer told the publication it was at a time when the couple were trying to come up with a name for a foster dog.

“What about ‘Colin from accounts payable who’s working on the big merger,'” she asked her other half. “We literally just said that. So that’s where Gordon and Ashley and Harriet and Patrick have some crossover. Everything is fiction, but the banter is something that we definitely rob of our own lives and put it in the show.”

At first Dyer was a little apprehensive naming the show after a dog - would it make the comedy sound a bit too cute?

But it was not long until the couple decided on the title, as Bramwell says, it turned out to be a happy accident: “That wasn’t a metaphor we plugged in. It was all story-based.”

[ Colin From Accounts season 1 is available to stream on BBC iPlayer, although at this stage there is no UK release date to air season 2. ]

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