Daytime television is getting a shot in the arm from the microphone of Vivienne Vyle. She is the ringmaster in the circus of her daytime confessional show, marshalling her guests as they play out their outrageous lives on TV. But the ambitious host has a personal life of her own to deal with.
This new black comedy is written by Jennifer Saunders and Dr Tanya Byron, who met on the set of the French and Saunders 2005 Christmas Special, and also features Miranda Richardson as Vyle's chain-smoking producer. Vyle's is a show which tackles the issues sensationally portrayed by likes of Jerry Springer, Trisha and Jeremy Kyle.
Producer Jo Sargent describes Vyle: "She's quite a vulnerable person really. Behind her public, 'tell it like it is' faÃ§ade, is an insecure, easily hurt individual. She's beginning to question how much she wants the success. But then her ratings soar, and her ego begins to expand in line with her audience figures."
The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle, Thursday 4 October 9pm, BBC Two (not BBC 2W)