Saturday, September 16, 2017

Howards End to Air on BBC One This November!

We've just gotten word that Howards End will air Sunday nights this November on BBC One in the UK (Starz in the US sometime next year). Tracey stars as Aunt Juley Mund in this four-part series.

Per The Guardian:

Howards End 

Anticipation is raised high by the creative talent involved in this BBC-Starz adaptation of EM Forster’s 1910 novel about the interlocking romances and scandals of three families. A cast including Hayley Atwell and Joe Bannister performs an adaptation by Kenneth Lonergan, writer-director of the astounding Manchester by the Sea.

November, BBC1

Get Ready for More Tracey Breaks the News!

Expect the new shows in late autumn/early winter this year!

BBC One commits to more satire from Tracey Ullman 

Tracey Breaks The News commissioned for a special three-part run.

Following the success of one off special Tracey Breaks The News which aired in the aftermath of the election, Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning has today announced a three part run of Tracey Breaks The News for BBC One.

The three programmes (3 x 30 minutes) from BBC Studios will be filmed close to transmission and will see the double BAFTA award and seven times Emmy award winner tackle topical stories and current issues in a sketch show written and filmed right up to the day of broadcast.

Viewers can expect the return of favourites Angela Merkel, Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May as well as the introduction of some extraordinary new faces including French First Lady Brigitte Macron and Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Tracey Ullman says: “I am thrilled to be allowed to Break the News again with my fantastic team of writers and performers. It’s wonderful that there is so much comedy to be found in the world’s current terrifying doom spiral. 

“These are uncertain times, but I have my money on Angela Merkel to win the German election - don’t let me down Angela, you are like my Dot in EastEnders. Theresa May - hang in there, I’m not done with you yet, and Nicola Sturgeon - all power to your elbow hen, I promise my accent will be 10% better this season. 

“I can’t wait to play new characters including the glamorous FLOF (First Lady of France) Brigitte Macron and a certain Labour leader, who we imagine has a marvellous sense of humour and will no doubt be delighted to see himself depicted by a middle aged woman (please don’t shave your beard off Jeremy, we’ve just had one made). Onward!" 

Shane Allen says: “The world has changed so quickly in the last year, so it makes sense that Tracey’s show moves to a more reactive format to keep satirical pace with it all. Tracey’s immense shape-shifting character talent means she brilliantly nails the many female world leaders alongside some of the blokes as well. She’s the comedy equivalent of the New Year’s Eve fireworks - she goes off in all directions and is always spectacular.” 

Chris Sussman, Head of Comedy, BBC Studios says: “With so many powerful women in world politics at the moment, it's lucky we've got a brilliantly powerful woman of our own to poke fun at them. Nobody is better placed to skewer the news at the moment than Tracey Ullman, and I can't wait to see what she's got in store for Theresa, Angela, Melania, Nicola and all the rest.” 

Tracey Ullman returned to BBC One with rave reviews in 2016 with Tracey Ullman’s Show, nominated for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series at this year’s Emmy Awards. She went on to make the one off special Tracey Breaks The News which aired earlier this year.

Tracey Breaks The News is made by BBC Studios. The producer is Caroline Norris and the Executive Producer is Gareth Edwards. The show is commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content and Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning.



Friday, July 28, 2017

2017 Television Critics Association for Howards End

On Friday, July 27, 2017, Tracey, along with Hayley Atwell and Matthew MacFadyen, appeared at the 2017 Television Critics Association for Howards End. The four hour four-part series will air on Starz in the US in 2018, and BBC One in the UK (date TBA). Tracey plays Aunt Juley Mund.

Here are some highlights of what Tracey discussed:

  • Tracey says she grew up a working-class girl and says she wanted to be in [Howards End] to take over for Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. (She also broke into her Judi Dench impersonation)
  • Tracey said it was lovely being offered something as brilliant as Howards End but said it was hard doing scenes with 20 year olds.
  • Tracey said Mike Leigh crashed the Howards End set because his office was stuck in one of the exterior shots.
  • Tracey loved the locations and said that it was like going back in time.
  • Tracey: "The disparity between the rich and the poor is the same. We talked about it a lot. Lonergan's adaptation is astounding."
  • Tracey joked that even though the BBC is now fronted by women, co-star Matthew MacFadyen was probably paid twice as much. (referencing the BBC gender pay gap)
  • Tracey mentioned that the second season of Tracey Ullman's Show will air on HBO this October "And I'm making 3 more very topical shows when I get back" (to the UK). 
  • Tracey said she loves doing topical comedy now and boasted about getting Tony Atamanuik's Trump to talk to her Angela Merkel.
  • Tracey admitted that it's harder for her to act without all her props, wigs and noses.
  • Tracey: "I've gone gray. You can tell I don't live in Los Angeles anymore."
  • Tracey cited Peggy Ashcroft, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Jessica Tandy as her idols.
  • Tracey: "I want to be a character actress and work until I'm 90."
  • "Oh it's the best!" said Tracey on Melissa McCarthy's Sean Spicer impersonation on Saturday Night Live, but said whoever did Reince Priebus is out of a job. 

Tracey will Hayley Atwell and Matthew MacFadyen

Tracey: "We look like a failed pilot."

The following come courtesy of Hayley Atwell (@wellhayley)

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Behave #TraceyUllman

What a gal #TraceyUllman

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tracey Ullman's Show Season 2 Coming to HBO!

For American fans...


TRACEY ULLMAN’S SHOW: Emmy® winner Tracey Ullman returns with a new season of sketch comedy, spotlighting her unique take on extraordinary and ordinary characters in the UK. Returning favorites include delinquent Dame Judi Dench, Angela Merkel on a tourist bus and the long-suffering Kay, with her overbearing mother; new subjects include the home life of Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch and a rap battle for the soul of an inner-city estate. The six-episode second season debuts this October.

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:

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

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

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