Rob Brydon's fledgling indie Arbie is to produce a comedy drama pilot for BBC4 about a wealthy Russian family living in London.

Production has begun on Freddi, which has been created and written by Sasha Alexander, who takes the lead role. Mark Staheli is
the co-writer.

Brydon, known for his roles as Uncle Bryn in Gavin & Stacey and the hapless Keith Barret in Marion & Geoff, was script editor and will take a small role.

Producer and director is Alex Kavallierou and Brydon's partner in Arbie, Miles Ross. Brydon told Broadcast: “We shot a teaser and I thought it was great. My contribution was to suggest that we just observe the strong, beautifully drawn characters in a classic narrative arc.”

Brydon revealed he is also exploring different subjects to follow up his BBC4 documentary Rob Brydon's Identity Crisis.

In the one-off special, Brydon explored his Welsh identity and attempted to discover what, in his view, made his patriotic countrymen so defensive.

“It's just a case of finding the right subject,” he said.

Talkback Thames owns a stake in Arbie, which has already been commissioned to make a BBC3 pilot called Lifespam.