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Almost Royal: Season Two for BBC America Comedy

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BBC America has announced that they've ordered season two of Almost Royal, their fish-out-of-water comedy series.

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BBC America Picks Up Second Season Of The Channel's First Original Comedy Series "Almost Royal"

New York - December 4, 2014 - BBC America has picked up a second season of its first original comedy series Almost Royal. The (8x30) second season is produced by Burning Bright Productions with Clive Tulloh (Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man, The Dame Edna Treatment, High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman) as executive producer and Séamus Murphy-Mitchell (Bug, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross) as series producer.

In the first season of Almost Royal, Georgie (Ed Gamble) and Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart), the 57th and 58th in line to the throne, travelled all over the United States - from Texas to Michigan and California to New York
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Almost Royal: BBC America Orders First Comedy

BBC America has ordered their first original comedy series -- Almost Royal. The sitcom will revolve around two young British aristocrats -- Georgie (Ed Gamble) and Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart) -- who are visiting the United States for the first time. There will be seven episodes.

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BBC America Commissions First Original Comedy Series "Almost Royal"

New York - March 25, 2014 - BBC America has commissioned its first original comedy series Almost Royal, a tale of two young British aristocrats on their first trip to the United States - interacting with real-life Americans. The (7x30) series is produced by Burning Bright Productions with Clive Tulloh (Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man, The Dame Edna Treatment, High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman) as executive producer and Seamus Murphy-Mitchell (Bug, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross) as series producer. Almost Royal premieres Saturday,
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'League of Gentlemen' duo create new dark BBC comedy anthology

'League of Gentlemen' duo create new dark BBC comedy anthology
League of Gentlemen and Psychoville duo Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton have confirmed details of a new dark comedy anthology series for the BBC. The show, which will air towards the end of 2013, has the working title Inside No. 9. Filming on the first three episodes is currently taking place in London.

[Reece Shearsmith in 'Psychoville' left / Steve Pemberton in 'Psychoville' right] Quantum Of Solace star Gemma Arterton, Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones), Katherine Parkinson (The It Crowd), Anna Chancellor (The Hour), Tamsin Greig (Episodes), Marc Wootton (High Spirits With Shirley Ghostman), Adam Deacon, comic Tim Key and Julian Rhind-Tutt have all been confirmed to appear in the show. The series is billed as an (more)
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'Iron Man 3' Writer To Pen Script For 'The Mighty'

Back in June, we told you that Paramount Pictures was looking to acquire "The Mighty." Now comes further word on the developing DC Comics adaptation: a writer has been hired to flesh the comic book out as a movie script.

According to Variety, writer-producer Drew Pearce has been brought on board for the job. While Pearce’s credits are mainly TV related with such shows as “No Heroics,” “Damage Control” and “High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman,” he’s also been hired to write the script for “Iron Man 3.”

The Mighty,” originally published by DC in 2009, tells the story of Alpha-One, "the world's most powerful super-being, who has always been a force for good, but Gabriel Cole, a cop who's life was saved by Alpha One as a child, has uncovered his hero's dark plan that will put them on a collision course of an ordinary man versus a super-man.
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How Marc Wootton escaped La La Land without getting killed

In his new BBC3 series, the comic unleashes deluded characters Shirley Ghostman, Gary Garner and Brendan Allen on the unsuspecting public of Hollywood. He lets us in on the anatomy of one of his pranks

Borat wrestling naked in a hotel lobby; Noel Edmonds warning the nation about the detrimental effects of the drug cake on their "Shatner's Bassoon"; Dennis Pennis asking Demi Moore if she'd ever consider making a movie where she kept her clothes on… Usually, once we've finished gnawing on our fists and working out whether we should be laughing or squirming, the question that lurks in our troubled heads is: how the hell did they get away with that?

That's certainly the case with current BBC3 series La La Land, which mixes wind-up, documentary and drama and contains that same potent comedy cocktail of embarrassment and astonishment.

Marc Wootton plays a trio of deluded Brits abroad
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Master of Disguise: Televisionary Talks to "La La Land" Creator/Star Marc Wootton

In addition to roles on such well-regarded British comedies as Gavin & Stacey and Julia Davis' Nighty Night and such series as The Eleven O'Clock Show and My New Best Friend, Marc Wootton truly made his mark on the British comedy scene with the eight-episode High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman, a Borat-like comedy confection in which Wootton performed a variety of eccentric characters--most notably egocentric psychic Shirley Ghostman-- while interacting with real people. Wootton is set to migrate the comedic style of High Spirits along with its central character Shirley to the West Coast of America with his new series, La La Land, which debuts tonight on Showtime. The series finds Wootton again performing an array of characters--in this case, outrageously awful psychic medium Shirley, desperate documentary filmmaker Brendan, and naive cabbie/wannabe actor Gary--as they attempt to find fame and fortune in Los Angeles, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.
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Traveling Through Cloud Cuckoo Land: An Advance Review of Showtime's "La La Land"

There's a certain subgenre of comedy that doesn't really have a label; it's the sort of humor that mines painful or uncomfortable situations for humor. Call it Comedy of the Awkward. The Brits are quite successful at utilizing this type of comedy for major laughs; the original version of The Office did this quite successfully, as did Peep Show, Nighty Night, and any of the characters created by Sasha Baron Cohen on Da Ali G Show (particularly Borat). A few years back, British comedian Marc Wootton created and starred in an eight-episode BBC Three comedy series High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman, which found Wootton donning a number of hairstyles, costumes, and accents to play a variety of outre characters who then interacted with the public at large. (It aired Stateside on BBC America in 2006.) The result was a sidesplitting and often painful series of double-takes and belly laughs, especially when
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BBC's Freeland headed to Hartswood

BBC's Freeland headed to Hartswood
LONDON -- BBC head of comedy commissioning Mark Freeland is leaving the U.K. pubcaster to join indie movie and television production banner Hartswood Films, where he will become a senior executive at the family-run company with responsibility to bring in and produce television and movie projects. His new role, which was announced Tuesday, could see Freeland pitching projects from Hartswood to the BBC. In his three-year tenure at the BBC, Freeland commissioned several indie comedy productions for the BBC, including The Keith Barret Show, Nighty Night, The Mighty Boosh, Shirley Ghostman and Hartswood's upcoming Australian co-production Supernova. Hartswood CEO Beryl Vertue described Freeland as having "real editorial flair" for comedy.

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