Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco has said that her new TV series The Flight Attendant is a blend of comedy and tragedy that she hopes will be the perfect follow-up to her role in the long-running sitcom.

Speaking during a CTAM digital panel for the new show, Cuoco said her character, Cassandra Bowden,has "a roller coaster of issues but a heart of gold"

"I love making people laugh," she said. "I thought if we could find the right team and bring some levity to such a dark book that it could be kind of cool."

Cuoco also revealed that she got involved in the new project - which is based on Chris Bohjalian's 2018 novel - after reading just "one little snippet" of it on Amazon.

"It just was one sentence, and I got like this weird chill," she told TV Guide. "I called my team and said, 'Hey, I'd love to look at the rest of this book', and their first question was, 'OK, you read the book, you love the book'.

"I was like, 'Oh yeah, I totally read the book'. I had not read the book. But something had told me that I needed to jump on that."

In The Flight Attendant, which is expected to air later this year, Cuoco plays cabin crew staff member Bowden, who wakes up next to a dead body in a hotel in Dubai after a night of heavy drinking and can't recall what happened.

Back in New York, She is confronted by FBI agents who have questions about her recent layover. Terrified about what happened, Bowden finds herself in a race against time to piece together the truth.

The Flight Attendant also stars Grey's Anatomy star TR Knight, Sons of Anarchy's Merle Dandridge, Glee's Nolan Gerard Funk, Girls' Zosia Mamet and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actor Michelle Gomez.