Monday, July 24, 2017

Tracey Breaks the News Draws 4.2 Million

Tracey's latest BBC One comedy special Tracey Breaks the News debuted with 2.4 million viewers for its 9:30 premiere on 23 June. It added an extra 1.8 million viewers for its encore broadcast, bringing its total draw to 4.2 million. (Source: Overnights.tv)

The BBC is already reportedly in talks for a third series of Tracey Ullman's Show according to the Radio Times!
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Tracey Joins The Not Funny Campaign

Comedians join forces against ‘laughable’ animal cruelty penalties 


Comedians including Paul O’Grady, Ricky Gervais and Sue Perkins have teamed up with Battersea Dogs And Cats Home to tackle animal cruelty sentencing that they have labelled laughably lenient.

Harry Hill and Tracey Ullman are also backing the Not Funny campaign to increase the maximum sentence for the most severe animal cruelty from the current six months to five years.

Under current laws, a heftier sentence could be handed to a fly tipper, which carries a maximum sentence of five years, than to someone who had tortured and killed an animal in England and Wales – where the punishment time is the lowest in the whole of Europe, the USA and Australia.

In March this year, a Devon fly-tipper was sentenced to 20 months, while weeks later a Wirral man who admitted stabbing and burning a dog alive was jailed for just 24 weeks.

O’Grady, who presents Battersea-based animal series For The Love Of Dogs, said: “There’s nothing like looking into an animal’s eyes to see how innocent and trusting they are, and it makes me angry to see the way some people mistreat and abuse them.

“I can’t stand by and watch while those responsible for the most terrible suffering are unlikely to get more than a few weeks in prison.

“What’s to stop them doing it again?”

Gervais added: “It’s sickening to hear about innocent dogs and cats enduring terrible suffering at the hands of humans and knowing the law does nothing to protect them, or deter people from committing these acts of cruelty.

“Six months in prison is nowhere near long enough for people who choose to abuse, torture and kill animals.

“You could get more for fly-tipping.”

Around 34,000 people have already pledged their support to Battersea’s campaign and as the faces of it, the comedians are encouraging their fans to do the same by going to www.battersea.org.uk/NotFunny.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

Tracey as Theresa May in Tracey Breaks the News!

Tracey Ullman's Show writer Laurence Rickard will play May's husband Philip in the special. Tracey is expected to play six political figures (Theresa May being one) in the show including Angela Merkel, Nicola Sturgeon, Melania Trump, as well as original characters. Anthony Atamanuik will be playing Donald Trump. The Radio Times confirms that the BBC are already in active talks to bring back Tracey Ullman's Show for a third series for 2018! Tracey Breaks the News premieres tonight on BBC One at 9:30pm!




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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Nicola Sturgeon on Tracey Ullman


An excerpt from Nicola Sturgeon's interview in this week's Metro

Have you seen Tracey Ullman’s impressions of you on her BBC show? 

I’ve not seen all of them but I had to watch some because I’ve heard so much about it. I thought it was really funny.

Should she play you in our Brexit drama? 

I definitely think she should! She’s got the outfit and everything!




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Tracey Breaks The News Gets Release Date!

Tracey Breaks The News 


Ep 1/1

Friday 23 June 
Time to be confirmed

BBC ONE

Tracey Ullman is back on BBC One with Tracey Breaks The News, a political and topical offering from the award-winning actress, impressionist and comedian. The half-hour special will be filmed close to transmission and broadcast in the aftermath of the general election. 

For the first time Tracey is taking on an impression of Theresa May, alongside favourites Angela Merkel (pictured) and Nicola Sturgeon. The show is a mix of famous political figures and everyday people reacting to the results of the general election and the anniversary of the Brexit vote. As the election result will have global implications, the show also looks at the reaction of the Russians, Europeans and - Melania Trump.

Tracey Breaks the News is a BBC Studios production, produced by Caroline Norris. The Director is Dom Brigstocke and the Executive Producer is Gareth Edwards. Commissioning Editor is Gregor Sharp.

This show was included as part of Shane Allen’s recent announcement about a range of satirical shows across all four BBC TV channels.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

BBC Special: Tracey Breaks The News!

Tracey returns this June with an all-new BBC One post-election, post-Brexit comedy special!

Shane Allen announces a range of satire shows across all four BBC TV channels

Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning today announces a raft of brand new satires across all four BBC TV channels, featuring an extraordinary range of comedic talent including Tracey Ullman, Charlie Brooker, Frankie Boyle, Diane Morgan, Luisa Omielan and Rhys Thomas.

Shane says: “This range of shows puts a contemporary spin on the decades’ long, rich tradition of satire on the BBC. In a tumultuous political climate, the desire and opportunity for satire is at an all-time high.

"The fast moving social media age presents a new challenge in a fluid news landscape, so we need to be ever more up to date and reactive. This gathering of idiosyncratic comic minds is a concerted effort to create a satirical hall of mirrors to reflect upon.”


Following a triumphant return to the BBC and two successful series of Tracey Ullman’s Show, the award-winning actress, impressionist and comedian is back on BBC One with a half hour special to transmit in the aftermath of the election.

Tracey Breaks The News (1 x 30’) will be filmed close to transmission, and will feature the return of series favourites Angela Merkel and Nicola Sturgeon. And Tracey will also be tackling Theresa May for the first time. The show will be a mix of famous political figures and everyday people, all reacting to the aftermath of the general election and the anniversary of the Brexit vote. It’s no longer just a view of the UK – this show will feature Russians, Europeans, and a new take on Melania Trump.

Tracey Ullman: “I'm excited the BBC has asked me to make a show at this time. We've decided to shake it up with a more topical format because things move so fast these days it's like every 10 minutes I'm voting for something.

"There's never been a better time to be imitating world famous political women, and I admire and thank them all: Angela Merkel, Nicola Sturgeon, and my home girl newbie Theresa May. I can't wait to get stuck in - thanks to the BBC and my brilliant team. It really is a privilege.”

Production credits

Tracey Breaks The News (1 x 30’) is a BBC Studios production, produced by Caroline Norris. The director is Dom Brigstocke and the executive producer is Gareth Edwards. Commissioning editor is Gregor Sharp

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dame Judi: I love Tracey Ullman's 'evil Judi' sketches


Tracey Ullman as Dame Judi Dench: A menace to society

Dame Judi Dench has declared herself a big fan of comedy sketches that show her using her fame to get away with shoplifting and other petty crime.

Tracey Ullman played Dame Judi last year as a nefarious national treasure - stealing, smashing china in a boutique and hurling bags of dog poo into trees.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Front Row about Ullman's portrayal, she said: "I love it. I dote on it.

"But I get into trouble now if I go into a shop with a bag over my arm."

Ullman is "brilliant", the actress said - but joked that the sketches in the BBC One comedy show have caused problems.

"It's tricky, people look at me in a funny way," she said, adding: "A man came up to me in M&S the other day and said to me, 'I've got my eye on you'."


The real Dame Judi: The paragon of respectability

Dame Judi was speaking as she unveiled a blue plaque for her friend, the late actor Sir John Gielgud, at his former London home.

She told Front Row that Sir John was one of the greatest Shakespearean actors and that young actors would do well to learn from his performances.

She said: "He used to present the whole of a sentence, the whole arc of a sentence, or the meaning of a passage of Shakespeare.

"We're in an unfortunate century where people think, 'oh Shakespeare, it needs to be changed because we don't understand what things mean'. That's not so. One can understand it and John was sublime at being able to tell you exactly what it meant."

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