'Phoo Action' heads to BBC Three
Phoo Action stars the daughter of actor Ray Winstone, Jaime Winstone, as Whitey Action.
The show sees the unruly teenage heroine join together with a Buddhist kung-fu cop Terry Phoo, played by ER's Eddie Shin, to form an unlikely crime-fighting team who battle against mutant criminals on the streets of London in 2012.
Hewlett's characters from Phoo Action first appeared in the The Face magazine as Get The Freebies. The BBC adaptation has been written by Matthew Enriquez Wakeham, Peter Martin and Jessica Hynes, and will be directed by Doctor Who's Euros Lyn.
Hewlett, creative director on the project, said: "I think it's the most weird and radical thing that the BBC have taken on since the Young Ones first aired in the early Eighties. The script, the cast, the crew, the costumes and the look are all fantastic and the BBC have let the programme stay true to the original idea in every way. I really look forward to seeing the finished programme."
Production has begun on the 60-minute drama in Glasgow this week, and is the first to be filmed in BBC Scotland's new state-of-the-art headquarters at Pacific Quay. It will air in early 2008.
Rocky star Carl Weathers plays Benjamin Benson, chief of Police and long-suffering father to the rebellious Whitey.
Weathers: "As soon as I read the script I had to get involved with Phoo Action. Even the title alone makes me smile and I knew right away I wanted to be part of its kung-fu madness."
"It's a fantastically different drama to add to my resume and I'm delighted to be part of something so unique. It's my first time visit to Scotland and I'm looking forward to sampling a few of the single malts while I'm here," he added.