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MIRROR.CO.UK CELEBS Tracey Moberly Shameless star makes online music biz comedy starring Carl Barat and Oasis svengali Alan McGee - watch it here link 22 April 2009
Oasis svengali Alan McGee has been starring in an online viral comedy drama about the music business alongside one of the stars of Shameless. Called Svengali, the music business mockumentary is the brainchild of Jonathan Owen, who currently stars in Shameless as Ady, Irvine Welsh's writing partner Dean Cavanagh and Ashes To Ashes director Phil John. Jonathan, who's also starred in the likes of Torchwood and Murphy's Law, plays lead character Dixie, a clueless band manager from Wales who's come to London to try and help his charges - The Premature Congratulations - hit the big time. Smack The Pony star Sally Phillips meanwhile plays the female lead as Dixie's girlfriend and McGee puts in some surprisingly good comic timing playing himself. Talking exclusively to Mirror.co.uk, Jonathan said they're already getting a lot of attention from film and TV companies and Apple are keen to release them as podcasts. He also revealed that former Libertine and Dirty Pretty Thing Carl Barat, Goldie Lookin' Chain's Maggot and former Oasis bassist Bonehead also star in episode three, which they just filmed on Monday and is due to go on line next week. Jonathan explained: "It's punk TV really! The idea is to do a British Curb your Enthusiasm only for the net and we only started eight weeks ago. He continued: "I always thought there some great British rock'n'roll stories out there and London is still the capital of rock'n'roll! So myself and Dean and Phil decided to shoot this ourselves, whack it up on the net and see what people thought." Jonathan said they were now talking to sponsors with a view to making a whole series, as he's paid to make the first three out of his own pocket. Jonathan also revealed he's drawn a lot from his own experiences too - he was the bass player in Nineties indie band The Pocket Devils. You can watch the first two webisodes of Svengali simply by clicking below: Svengali Pilot Episode Three
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