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.

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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.

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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)


I think we've had all the fun we can expect to have here #TraceyUllman


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...

HBO PR:

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.
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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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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tracey Ullman for The Guardian

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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 PrĂȘt 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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Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Tracey Ullman Calls Out Sexist Double Standard In Hilarious Skit

“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.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tracey to Star in Howards End

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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Friday, February 10, 2017

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

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.”

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

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


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.

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

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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