BBC Special: Tracey Breaks The News!

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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

BBC

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

Saturday, April 29, 2017 expat 0 Comments


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."

BBC

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Tracey Ullman for The Guardian

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 expat 0 Comments

Tracey Ullman/The Q&A

Tracey Ullman: ‘My best kiss? Kevin Kline is technically brilliant’

The actor and comedian on marriage, children, and the records she should never have made


Tracey Ullman: ‘I did a crap impersonation of JK Rowling a few years ago. Sorry, JK.’ Photograph: Startraks Photo/REX/Shutterstock

Rosanna Greenstreet

Saturday 25 March 2017 05.30 EDT

Born in Slough, Tracey Ullman, 57, won a scholarship to stage school at 12. She made her name in British TV comedy, before moving to the US, where she had an award-winning series, The Tracey Ullman Show, from 1987 to 1990. Her film roles include Robert Altman’s Prêt À Porter and Woody Allen’s Small Time Crooks. Her latest series, Tracey Ullman’s Show, is on BBC1. She is widowed, has two children and lives in London.

When were you happiest?
When I met my husband and had babies. They have made me happy ever since.

What is your greatest fear?
I am not fearful. There’s no point.

What is your earliest memory?
Sticking a pencil in my ear and the lead falling off.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Judging people too quickly. I think I’m so bloody smart, and I’m not. Well, sometimes I am.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Having no sense of humour.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
Asking a stewardess on a plane when her baby was due, and her saying, “I’m not pregnant.”

What is your most treasured possession?
The ring my husband gave me for our 25th wedding anniversary.

What would your super power be?
To fly very quickly between LA and London to see both my children.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I have no neck.

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
The Labour party.

What is your favourite word?
“Fuck”.

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Emily Blunt, though she’s too pretty.

What’s your most unappealing habit?
My daughter just suggested “talking over people”. I drowned her out.

What is the worst thing anyone’s said to you?
“Would you like a dialect coach?”

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Frozen dark chocolate and two Veganin (paracetamol with caffeine and codeine).

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
I did a crap impersonation of JK Rowling a few years ago. Sorry, JK. Can this apology put me on a casting list for your next mega-franchise?

What does love feel like?
Safety.

What was the best kiss of your life?
Kevin Kline in I Love You To Death. He trained at Juilliard, so is technically brilliant.

What has been your biggest disappointment?
Realising as I grew up that people don’t really know what they’re doing.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
I would have stopped making records after They Don’t Know.

How do you relax?
I knit and watch documentaries.

How often do you have sex?
Oh, shut up.

What is the closest you’ve come to death?
On a plane with Meryl Streep in 1984: the engines blew and we had to make an emergency landing.

What song would you like played at your funeral?
The End by the Beatles.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
That life is short, but it’s also long.

Tell us a secret
I’m shy.

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Tracey Ullman's Show Series 2 Finale Clippings Roundup

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Tracey Ullman Calls Out Sexist Double Standard In Hilarious Skit

Monday, March 13, 2017 expat 0 Comments

“Guys, is dressing provocatively in expensive suits whilst having too much to drink causing you to get mugged?”

By Rebecca Shapiro


Comedian Tracey Ullman tackled the double standard many women face when reporting sexual assault in the latest episode of her BBC One show, taking aim at the unfair way responsibility is often shifted onto victims.

When a well-dressed man tells Ullman, who plays a detective, that he was mugged at knifepoint, the comedian begins investigating his outfit.

“You look quite provocatively wealthy. ... Just a bit of an invitation, isn’t it? Like you’re advertising,” she says with little sympathy.

Ullman has even less empathy for a man who went to the station to report he’s been receiving threatening emails for months.

The video, posted to Facebook on Sunday, clearly resonated with audiences: It has more than 9 million views and more than 215,000 shares.

“Guys, is dressing provocatively in expensive suits whilst having too much much to drink causing you to get mugged?” the caption of the video asks.

Watch the hilarious sketch in the clip above.

Huffington Post

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Tracey On Location In London Filming Howard's End

Monday, March 13, 2017 expat 0 Comments


Thanks to Olivier Joly!

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Tracey to Star in Howards End

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 expat 0 Comments

Deadline

Starz Boards ‘Howards End’ BBC Limited Series; Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen & Tracey Ullman To Star


EXCLUSIVE: Starz has teamed with BBC to co-produce the limited series Howards End, based on the classic E.M. Forster novel with Oscar-nominated Manchester by the Sea screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan writing the TV adaptation. Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street) and Tracey Ullman (Tracey Ullman’s Show) have been tapped to star in the project, originally greenlighted by BBC One in December 2015. Hettie Macdonald (White Girl) will direct the four-part series that will air on BBC One in the UK and Starz in the U.S. Howards End will film in and around London.


Howards End explores the changing landscape of social and class divisions in turn-of-the-century England through the prism of three families: the intellectual and idealistic Schlegels, the wealthy Wilcoxes from the world of business and the working-class Basts. Playground is executive producing in association with City Entertainment and KippSter Entertainment.

Atwell will play Margaret Schlegel, Macfadyen will portray Henry Wilcox, and Ullman will play Aunt Juley Mund.

“Starz continues our commitment to bring quality drama to the screen with Howards End, and we’re delighted to once again work in partnership with the BBC and Colin Callender on this literary period piece,” said Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming for Starz.

Callendar also is producing The Missing and The White Queen franchise for Starz — both back for second installments. He executive produces Howards End with City Entertainment’s Joshua D. Maurer (Papillon) and Alixandre Witlin (The Last Tycoon) and KippSter Entertainment’s David A. Stern (The Last Tycoon) as well as with Playground’s Sophie Gardiner (Eureka Street) and Scott Huff (The Missing) and Lucy Richer for the BBC. Laura Hastings-Smith (Hunger) is producing.

Said BBC executive producer Richer, “Kenneth Lonergan is one of our truly great contemporary voices, and his adaptation of this adored timeless classic will surprise and delight a whole new audience with its timely and relevant themes.”

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Daily Record and Newcastle Chronicle Review Tracey Ullman's Show Series 2, Episode 2!

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Mhairi Black Takes Her Tracey Ullman's Show Impersonation in the Right Spirit

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Daily Mirror, Preview of Tracey Ullman's Show, Series 2, Episode 2!

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Daily Mail Weekend Magazine Review of Tracey Ullman's Show, Series 2, Episode 1

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'Operation Iron-Bru' Twitter lauds comedy sketch mocking Sturgeon’s independence dream

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TWITTER users lauded a hilarious comedy sketch after comedians compared Nicola Sturgeon’s plans for Scottish independence to those of a “James Bond villain”.

By JOE BARNES


Comedian Tracey Ullmann, who returns with a second series of Tracey Ullman’s Show on BBC One, mocked the SNP leader as she bids for “Scottish supremacy”.

In the fictional sketch, Ms Sturgeon can be seen arriving at a secret Bond villain-style lair beneath Edinburgh Castle, where she has kidnapped Harry Potter author J.K Rowling.

Ms Sturgeon, played by Ullmann, is supported by a fictional version of MP Mhairi Black, who is acting as her SNP leader’s security, while she interrogated the pro-Union author.

Rowling, whose face is covered by a tartan hood and arms are tied, is yelled at by the two Scottish politicians, as they demand she backs their bid for independence.

Tracey Ullman was lauded after mocking Nicola Sturgeon
"Tracey Ullman got Nicola Sturgeon off to a tee, you’ve got to laugh"
 Twitter user
Muttering anti-English jibes and waving a smartphone, Ms Sturgeon demands the author “get on Twitter and tell your seven billion followers that now you are not only a supporter of Scottish independence but Scottish supremacy, too”.

And in a moment that left viewers howling, she unveils her secret plans to the author, entitled: “Operation Iron-Bru”, after Scotland’s favourite carbonated drink.

Amused viewers took to Twitter to laud the comedian for her portrayal of the politician, claiming that she had “showed her up for what she is, a mentalist crackpot”.

One user wrote: “The Operation Iron-Bru sketch was hilarious.”

She also took aim at Angela Merkel

Another posted: “Tracey Ullman got Nicola Sturgeon off to a tee, you’ve got to laugh.”

Even Ms Sturgeon’s supporters were entertained, one said: “Absolutely loved the J.K Rowling and Nicola Sturgeon sketch. I’m a bid fan of both women but that sketch was still hilarious.”

Not content with targeting one politician with her comedy, Ullman also took aim at under fire German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In the equally as scathing sketch, she plays the German who is breaking under the pressure of her ratings slump in the run-up to the German election.

‘Ms Merkel’ after being comforted by her assistant breaks into song in a self-loathing song, mocking Brexit and her failed refugee acceptance policy.

“I thought they were my friends,” she sings. “I thought that we were cool. Now I’m like the stupid dummy that no-one likes at school.

“Behind my back, they’re laughing. Especially the Brits. They’re like, ‘Angela, whatever’, those two-bit Brexit s****.”

Twitter users were equally enthused, one wrote: “That Tracey Ullman Show sketch with Angela Merkel was absolute gold.”

Another said: “Tracey Ullman’s impression of Angela Merkel is spot on.”

Express

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Nicola Sturgeon Tweets Her Reaction to Tracey Ullman's Show Series 2 Premiere

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Nicola Kidnaps JK Rowling??

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Tracey Ullman's Show Series 2 Preview - Event

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Summary of Episode 2 from Series 2 of Tracey Ullman's Show

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Ep 2/6
Friday 10 February
9.30pm-10.00pm
BBC ONE

The second episode sees the return of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall who is shopping for cut price animal print leggings - or Jodhpurs as she prefers to call them.

Tracey Ullman brings her unique take on some extraordinary characters in the UK.

It's movie night in the Murdoch household; Germaine Greer is ranting at a student as she waits at the bus stop; long-suffering OAP Kay is at home with her stubborn elderly mother during a storm... there’s a foot of water in the lounge - but mum is staying put.

Meanwhile Dame Maggie has a new job as a vlogger and the planners have their sights on a run-down housing estate - but is gentrification good for everyone? The scene is set for a rap challenge.

Guest starring Kevin Bishop.

Source: BBC

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Comedian Tracey Ullman: Judi Dench has been very kind about me playing her

Saturday, January 28, 2017 expat 0 Comments

Daily Express:

TRACEY Ullman’s back for a second series of her sketch show which, much to her relief, has Judi Dench’s seal of approval.

By VICKI POWER

Tracey Ullman’s back for a second series of her sketch show

Tracey Ullman’s triumphant return to British TV last year in a new sketch show was dominated by two impersonations in particular, both of them quite daring. Tracey’s take on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dame Judi Dench were uncanny – she got the look, the voice, the mannerisms. But depicting national treasure Dame Judi as a mischief-making kleptomaniac and Merkel as a silly flirt obsessed with her sex appeal was a cheeky risk.

The good news is that Dame Judi found it funny. When we meet to discuss the second series of Tracey Ullman’s Show, Tracey informs us that she’s only had positive feedback for the series, her first on British television for more than three decades.

“All of these celebrities have been incredible sports about it – especially Judi Dench,” says Tracey, 57. “She’s been very kind about me playing her, and her daughter, Finty, has said they think it’s great. So I’m glad I’ve got her seal of approval.”

And even if she hasn’t had feedback from Merkel, Tracey has had the thumbs-up from some of Merkel’s subjects, as well. “I was out with my daughter having dinner and we had a German waiter who said, ‘I want to thank you for portraying a good, mainstream, funny German character on British television,’” recalls Tracey.

“I thought, ‘Yeah, it’s been a while since ’Allo ’Allo.’”

Tracey Ullman as Judy Dench

In the new series we see the German Chancellor wrestling with Brexit. Just two days before shooting started last summer, the Brexit vote happened and required hasty rewrites of scripts. “We had to do some quick rewriting for Merkel, but it benefited the piece, I think. She sings a song about being all on her own,” says Tracey.

In order to freshen up the second series, Tracey also cut out a bunch of characters and substituted new stars – this time she impersonates Clare Balding, Germaine Greer, Nicola Sturgeon and Jerry Hall.

As Angela Merkel

“The challenge is to take it up a level and reflect what’s going on in the world this year,” says Tracey.
“I’m fascinated by the nuptials of Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall. Ben Miller guest starred as Rupert Murdoch and he was quite brilliant.

“I’ve had a crack at Nicola Sturgeon because I just love the way she says ‘world’” – Tracey says it in Sturgeon’s distinctive Ayrshire accent – “and because the make-up was genius.”

Tracey’s return reminds us of her unique talents that she’s been wowing Americans with for years.

“I’m constantly inspired by things that are happening and that’s what this premise gives me,” muses Tracey. “I’ve done 12 shows now and had a wonderful time.”

Tracey Ullman's Show, Friday, 9.30PM, BBC1

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Tracey Ullman's Show Series 2 - Daily Mail Weekend Magazine

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A GOOD IMPRESSION Tracey Ullman: ‘Dame Judi Dench’s daughter says they watch my sketches at home’

Friday, January 27, 2017 expat 0 Comments

The Sun:

She's back… and no celebrity is safe

BY JAMES RAMPTON

One of the highlights of Tracey Ullman’s return to British TV last year was her hilarious send-up of Judi Dench, who got away with all kinds of delinquency by using her ‘national treasure’ status.

So there’s good news as Tracey’s comedy show heads into a second series – Dame Judi is back, and she’s even naughtier than before.

Tracey Ullman’s Show: Tracey plays a very naughty version of Dame Judi Just as well, then, that the lady herself approves of Tracey’s impression.

“People are incredible sports about my sketches, especially Dame Judi,” laughs the 57-year-old comic.

“She’s been very kind. Her daughter says that they watch the sketches at home and think they’re great.”

Another public figure who was royally mocked in the last series of Tracey Ullman’s Show was Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

But, funnily enough, Tracey’s not had any feedback from her.

“I haven’t heard from the Palace about Camilla,” she says.

“It’s been ominously silent from Highgrove, and I’ve heard nothing from Balmoral.

“It’s a little crazy what I do with that character, but I really hope they take it in the right spirit. The show is very affectionate. I don’t think I’m mean-spirited at all. I don’t pick on people.”

Tracey Ullman’s Show: The comedian has a soft spot for Angela Merkel

The roll-call of people not being picked on this series includes Germaine Greer, Clare Balding (“I adored her Olympic coverage”) and the SNP leader.

“I’ve had a crack at Nicola Sturgeon,” she smiles. “I don’t know why but I just love the way she says the word ‘world’!”

Tracey – who over a very distinguished comedy career has won seven Emmys, two BAFTAs and a Golden Globe Award – will also be returning to one of our other favourites from the last series, German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The comedian has a soft spot for her.

“She’s had such an incredible time over the last two years,” explains Tracey.

“It will be interesting to see what happens to her this year. It’s all change around the world. But I do enjoy playing her, even if I have a really terrible German accent!

“I had a German waiter come up to me the other night and say: ‘I want to thank you for creating a funny German character on mainstream British TV.’ I suppose it has been a while since ’Allo, ’Allo!.”

As it’s a topical comedy, Tracey and her writers have to be prepared for any big event.

“I’m constantly inspired by things that are happening,” she explains.

“What’s going on in the world this year is the premise of the show. So I’m using celebs as Trojan horses to comment on the news. You try to stay on top of things, but it’s hard to keep ahead of the news. Everything changes so fast.

Tracey Ullman Show: Another public figure who was royally mocked in the last series of Tracey Ullman’s Show was Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. But, funnily enough, Tracey’s not had any feedback from her “This series, we wrote some material for the Angela Merkel character, but then two days before shooting we had the Brexit vote, which sidelined a lot of that material.

"So we had to do some very quick rewriting and produced a song about how she feels all alone now.” And she admits a constantly changing world can actually throw up some great gags.

“Is the sketch show dead because there is nothing to parody any more? I don’t think so,” Tracey asserts.

“In fact, I believe, when the world is in flux, comedy has an even more important role to play than usual.

“The instability of the world is unnerving, and you don’t always know what comedy angle to take because you don’t want to sound glib. But shows such as Saturday Night Live have proved that there is still very much a place for comedy today. People still enjoy it.”

So, do we actually find comfort in comedy when the world is so tumultuous?

“Absolutely,” she agrees. “You cling on to comedy in times like these. ‘Tumultuous’ is such a great word – nobody’s going to use a better word today. I’m going to use that word all day and not credit you!”

NEW! Tracey Ullman’s Show Friday 9.30pm BBC1

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Tracey Ullman in Radio Times January 2017

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Tracey Ullman's Show: Brit Pack

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Tracey Ullman's Show Series 2 in TV Times

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