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Tracey Ullman’s Show review – it’s not brave or funny enough

11 January 2016 11:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Our Trace is back on British telly after 30 years. If you’re already a fan, you’ll love her new show; if not, you might wonder what all the fuss is about

She’s back. Tracey Ullman, in Tracey Ullman’s Show (BBC1). To distinguish it from The Tracey Ullman Show, presumably.

“The Who Show? Whose Show? Who?” you ask, if you’re under 45. Tracey Ullman, big here in the 1980s, at comedy on TV (Three of a Kind with Lenny Henry and David Copperfield, Girls on Top with Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders) and at singing (with a hairbrush, and once with Neil Kinnock). Then she went to the Us to become even bigger – winning a ton of awards, kind of spawning a famous yellow family called The Simpsons, getting into movies, becoming fabulously wealthy. But she has never forgotten where she is from (Slough), and now she returns – if not to Slough, »

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Tracey Ullman returns to BBC with first television series in 30 years

8 January 2016 10:47 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

British comedian whose self-titled show made her a hit in the Us will make first appearance on BBC1 since starring in Girls on Top in 1985

On 19 April 1987 a British comedian, largely unknown in the Us beyond a solitary top 10 hit single, made her debut on a brand new American TV network, called Fox.

Tracey Ullman was a successful TV performer and singer in Britain – best known for Three of a Kind, Girls on Top and putting Neil Kinnock in the video to her song My Guy . But the veteran American producer James L Brooks, having been shown some of her work, was so wowed he thought she could take on the Us too, and offered to produce a TV sketch show for the fledgling channel.

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