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'I can't wait for people to see my new BBC comedy Dead Air,' says its writer and star, DJ Greg James

Radio One DJ Greg James is set to make his acting debut in a new one-off BBC comedy he's writtten called Dead Air.

"I've always wanted to write a comedy for the BBC," says Greg, who recently presented BBC3 series I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse (opens in new tab). "The fact that this silly idea I jotted down two years ago is now a reality is ridiculously exciting."

Dead Air launches on BBC iPlayer at 11pm on Monday July 13 and sees Greg star as the respected commercial late-night radio DJ, Jake Cross, who's unexpectedly given an opportunity to inherit the coveted breakfast slot when the previous presenter dies.

Should he sell out now he has a shot at the big time, or should he try to maintain his integrity with a small but loyal fan-base?

Jake's entourage includes an idiot best friend, a career-threatening agent, a highly-strung producer and an irritatingly successful rival radio DJ. The one-off comedy also stars Tom Davis (Murder In Successville), Olivia Poulet (The Thick Of It), Richard David-Caine (Skins) and Monserrat Lombard (Ashes to Ashes).

"It's been the most enjoyable thing I've ever done and I can't wait for people to see Dead Air," says Greg, 29. "My 14-year-old self wouldn't believe it!"

Nicholas Cannon
Nicholas Cannon

I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television, film and sports stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus Whattowatch.com. I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.