Tracey To Become 100th Guest Host of Have I Got News for You



From Chortle:

Tracey Ullman is to become the 100th guest host of Have I Got News For You, the BBC has announced. 

She will take the chair in the second episode of the 51st series, which airs on Friday April 15. 

The comic actor, who recently returned to BBC One for the first time in 30 years for her own sketch series, said: ‘I am really looking forward to appearing on a national treasure.’ 

Outnumbered creator Andy Hamilton and BBC News anchor Clive Myrie will be the guests on her episode.

Have I Got News For You returns next Friday with Stephen Mangan at the helm and German comedian Henning Wehn among the panelists.

The series will also see Frankie Boyle, Gary Lineker and Katherine Ryan host for the first time.

Other hosts confirmed include Victoria Coren Mitchell, Jo Brand, David Tennant, and Martin Clunes, while panellists will include Romesh Ranganathan, Eddie Izzard, Diane Morgan and Andrew Neil. 

Guests have hosted the topical comedy quiz since Angus Deayton lost the host’s job in 2002 amid a string of tabloid stories about his personal life.

Alexander Armstrong holds the record for the most appearances in the chair, with 27, followed by Jo Brand (15) and Jack Dee (13).

Tracey Ullman’s Show is Coming Back for a Second Series on BBC1

Exclusive: Corporation confirms another series for the legendary comic - so Judi Dench, Camilla Parker Bowles and Maggie Smith look out... 


By Ben Dowell
Saturday 5 March 2016 at 8:19AM

Tracey Ullman’s Show has been recommissioned for a second series, RadioTimes.com can reveal. 

The legendary comic will be bringing back more of her surreal and satirical comedy for a new run, probably next year.

Ullman made a successful return to BBC1 at the beginning of January after a break of 30 years, and the series garnered critical acclaim and consolidated audiences of more than 4m viewers in a late-night slot.

A mix of sketches, celebrity impressions, song and dance, the show played to her strengths as an impressionist and comedic social commentator, and included impressions of Dame Judi Dench (below) as a kleptomaniac hooligan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a vain sex kitten.


Maggie Smith also fell under Ullman's comedic gaze and was portrayed in a series of sketches auditioning for various roles.

Other comedy characters included drugs mule Karen, adjusting to modern life after 28 years in a Thai prison, and topless feminist MP Sally Preston.

The comedian also poked fun at the British Royal Family with pitch perfect impressions of Camilla Parker Bowles and Carole Middeton, mother of the Duchess of Cambridge.


Ullman said: “It has been a pleasure being back at the BBC, and I am thrilled to get the opportunity to write more shows with my brilliant team. The warm reception from the British public has meant a lot to me personally. I want to thank them and let Dame Judi Dench and Chancellor Angela Merkel know I couldn’t have done it without you girls. Here’s to Season two.”

Shane Allen, the BBC’s controller of comedy commissioning added: “Tracey’s triumphant return to British television was a big hit with the audience, she’s such an exceptional talent at the top of her game. The new series will have plenty more surprises and finger on the pulse characters and impressions that hold a fairground mirror up to modern British society, politics and celebrity.”

The show is made by the BBC in-house comedy department and the writing team includes Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley, Georgia Pritchett, Jeremy Dyson, Laurence Rickard, Jonathan Harvey, and Lucy Montgomery. The director is Dominic Brigstocke.

Radio Times

Out Today on DVD in the UK: Tracey Ullman's Show Series 1




How to Fix the Baftas: Get Tracey!

According to The Independent:

NicHolas Barber

How to fix the Oscars and the Baftas: Scrap vapid scripted introductions, ban 'thank yous' and bring in Tracey Ullman 

For a thrilling climax to the year, envelope-opening season can't half drag. How to pep it up? Nicholas Barber clears his throat…


Tina Fey and Amy Poehler would make ideal hosts at the Oscars Getty Images 

Most film fans agree that the Baftas and the Oscars are the climax of the cinematic year. But, paradoxically, most film fans also agree that they are a bit rubbish: predictable, boring, too white and too inclined to honour the wrong films. Rather than grumbling about these flaws, The New Review has come up with eight ways to make awards shows sparkle as brightly as their trophies…

Hire more female hosts 


Tracey Ullman's uncanny impressions of Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith would go down a storm at the Baftas (BBC) 

Considering the lack of diversity at the Oscars and Baftas, it might help to diversify the MCs. In America, the ideal candidates would be Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer. In Britain, well, we all enjoy seeing Meryl Streep grinning up in giddy adoration at Stephen Fry, like a parishioner hearing the vicar make a cheeky joke about the village cat, but this year's Bafta ceremony will be Fry's tenth. How about Tracey Ullman next time? Her uncanny impressions of Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith would go down a storm.

Insist that voters see more films 

If you glance at this year's nominees, you may get the feeling that the voters simply haven't watched many films, which is why they plumped for the obvious, heavily advertised choices. It might vary proceedings if Academy members were required to see a minimum of 50 new films a year. Last year's Man Booker judges had to plough through 156 novels, after all.

Spice things up with a one-in, one-out policy for Best Picture winners 


For every new Best Picture award that's presented, an earlier one could be rescinded; 2006's winner, Crash, would surely be first on the hitlist (Rex) 

Atone for past sins by taking back the trophy from a previous winner. The Oscars, in particular, have given their top prize to some creaky films over the years, from How Green Was My Valley to A Beautiful Mind. So why not expunge these embarrassments with a one-in, one-out policy? That is, for every new Best Picture award that's presented, an earlier one could be rescinded; 2006's winner, Crash, would surely be first on the hitlist.

Insist that every Best Film nominee is drawn from a different month 

A glut of Oscar-baiting prestige films is always released around Christmas; that way, studios ensure their favoured contenders are fresh in voters' goldfish-like memories. It would be better for cinemagoers if these quality films were spread throughout the year. If such a rule prompted Academy members to look beyond po-faced dramas and include more comedies and blockbusters, so much the better.

Oscars: scrap the Best Animated Feature category 


The forgettable Big Hero 6 was picked as Best Animated Feature last year (Rex) 

It was a welcome innovation when it was introduced in 2001. But, unfortunately, the category is now used to consign such deserving Best Picture nominees as Inside Out to their own little cartoon ghetto. Besides, the forgettable Big Hero 6 was picked as Best Animated Feature last year, while The Lego Movie wasn't even nominated: irrefutable proof that the category isn't fit for purpose.

Baftas: Scrap the vapid scripted introductions 

It's a cruel and unusual punishment to make Elijah Wood squint at an autocue and intone, "Where would films be without their scores? Music establishes the mood. It gets us tapping our feet. Sometimes it's loud. Sometimes it features a bassoon." YES, WE KNOW WHAT MUSIC IS! JUST HAND OVER THE AWARD!

Split the Acting categories into one prize for playing a fictional character and another for playing a real person 


Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl: Just because you can mimic a beloved transgender pioneer doesn't mean you should be a shoo-in for the top award (Rex) 

At this year's Oscars, four of the five Best Actor nominees played historical figures. Just because you can mimic a beloved transgender pioneer or revered scientist doesn't mean you should be a shoo-in for the top award. Yes, we're looking at you, Eddie Redmayne.

Ban 'thank yous' 


Imagine if every winner was disqualified from 'thank yous' in their acceptance speech (Getty)

Imagine if every winner was disqualified if they thanked their agents or co-stars in their acceptance speech. They could thank them on Twitter, of course – or even, you know, in person. But in their speeches, they'd have to think of something more original to say. Either that, or they could just say nothing at all.

The Bafta Awards air on BBC1 at 9pm tonight. The Academy Awards take place on 28 February

The Kids of Tracey Ullman's Show: Prince George lookalike is set for stardom


Joshua Sheridan and Tracey Ullman on the set of Tracey Ullman's Show, August 2015. NNL-160122-UO221442006 

A little TV star from Biggleswade got his big break playing Prince George on the Tracey Ullman Show.

Three-year-old Joshua Sheridan plays the Prince in sketches starring comedy legend Ullman as Camilla and Carole Middleton. 


A fun collage I put together myself! NNL-160122-UO221446006 

Filmed on location in Hertfordshire, Joshua had great fun playing the Prince – whose Royal relatives cope with babysitting him!

Mum Helen Belper, 36, said: “Tracey Ullman’s back in the UK doing a six-part sketch show of impressions.

“We got involved because Joshua is with a casting agency, I told them he had a likeness to Prince George and he got the part.”

Helen travelled to the stately set with her dad to help keep Joshua calm during filming in August.

She said: “Joshua was only two at the time but he was actually relaxed and enjoyed being on set.

“I didn’t realise that he was considered a principle in it! He had his own dressing room and a trailer with his name on the door!”

Filming followed strict regulations regarding children – and Joshua was only allowed on set for five hours maximum a day, with filming lasting for no more than 15 minutes at a time.

And as for the big star of the show?

Helen added: “Tracey Ullman was really lovely! I was so relieved because I’d worried that she might be a pre-madonna as she’s quite an important figure, but she was very good with Joshua!”

Joshua is currently with an agency and enjoying working on small modelling jobs.

>The Tracey Ullman Show next airs on BBC One on Monday at 10.45pm.

Source: Bedford Today