You've surely heard of Dolly Pond - star of the late 90's and early '00's animated show 'Pond Life'?
If not - you're in for a treat. 20 Glorious episodes ( all available on Youtube here) explore the life of Dolly - a confused young woman who dreams of a better life, and finds her friends, family and job rather mundane and dull. She's far too scared to do anything about it for long, but her attempts to try are gloriously funny, packed full of warm humour and a certain sense of pathos too. Dolly, whilst insecure, direct, self-centered, whiny and non-commital, is very real - and her experiences will ring remarkably true with the audience.
'Pond Life' first aired on Channel 4 in the UK, but due to scheduling issues, never received the massive audience it should have done - it's a comedy with adult themes, not necessarily suitable for the teatime slot it ended up airing in. Watching it back, it's remarkable just how ahead of its time 'Pond Life' is - arriving around the time of Bridget Jones Diary, and coming long, long before shows like 'Fleabag' which allowed an unguarded look at female characters who were vulnerable, real, and often in the wrong.
With adult animations back on our screens in a big way, it's a delight to say that we'll be seeing Dolly Pond back on our screens very soon.
In preparation for her triumphant return, I caught up with Dolly Pond over Zoom to find out exactly how things had been going over lockdown....
Many thanks to Dolly's creator Candy Guard, producer Seb Strakowicz and Dolly's Voice Actress Sarah Ann Kennedy for this - I have never had this much fun on a project!