Tuesday, September 26, 2017

News Roundup!



Tracey at the 2017 69th Emmy Awards

Dame Judi Dench, who is currently on a promotional tour for her upcoming film "Victoria & Abdul", has come out as a Tracey Ullman fan:

"Tracey has given me a terrible reputation (laughs). She’s very clever [...] I think she knows I’m a huge fan of hers. She’s absolutely amazing. I’ll give her a good slap when I see her (laughs)."

(Source)

Tracey will be on Marc Maron's podcast WTF with Marc Maron October 16th.

Tracey spoke to the Television Academy Foundation at this year's Emmy Awards:



Tracey with Isabella Rossellini and Laura Dern at the HBO Emmy Party at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles.
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HBO Press Release for Upcoming Second Season of Tracey Ullman's Show

EMMY®-NOMINATED SKETCH COMEDY SERIES TRACEY ULLMAN’S SHOW RETURNS FOR SECOND SEASON OCT. 20 ON HBO


Photo: Tracey Ullman 



Photos: Tracey Ullman, Rory Lindsay; Tracey Ullman (Credit for all: Ben Miller/HBO). 

A longtime HBO favorite returns with six new episodes of her Emmy®-nominated series when TRACEY ULLMAN’S SHOW kicks off its second season FRIDAY, OCT. 20 (11:00–11:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Emmy® winner Ullman stars as a wide array of famous faces and everyday people in the sketch comedy show, which looks at modern life on the British side of the pond.

Over the course of the new season, Ullman uses her signature brand of sharp satire to shape-shift into a range of public figures and offbeat original characters. She reprises her characterizations of Dame Judi Dench, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dame Maggie Smith and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and introduces her takes on model and new Murdoch family member Jerry Hall and pop singer Adele.

Upcoming episodes:

Episode #7 (season 2, episode 1) 
Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 20 (11:00–11:30 p.m. ET/PT)

Delinquent Dame Judi Dench relies on her “national treasure” status to get her out of trouble; overachieving BBC broadcaster Clare Balding can’t keep herself off-camera; dinner gets dramatic at the Murdoch family home; German Chancellor Angela Merkel sings a heartfelt song to express her loneliness; Doctor Peluzzi practices outside the law when prescribing “medication” for a patient; and Scottish politician Nicola Sturgeon kidnaps a famous British author in service of Scotland.

Guest stars include Ben Miller (Rupert Murdoch), Samantha Spiro (Birgit), Colin Salmon (Patricia’s date) and Ricky Champ (police constable).

Written by Gemma Arrowsmith, Abigail Burdess, Cicely Giddings, Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley, Jeremy Dyson, Laurence Howarth, Lucy Montgomery and Laurence Rickard; directed by Dominic Brigstocke and Nick Collett.

Episode #8 (season 2, episode 2) 
Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 27 (11:00–11:30 p.m.).

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, makes unexpected purchases; a news anchor brings her cats to work; Kay and her elderly mother get caught in a flood, but refuse to leave their home; Dame Maggie Smith starts a YouTube channel; and “Northern Powerhouse” Pam Garrity is less than thrilled when she meets her son’s fiancĂ©. Meanwhile, urban planners enter into a rap battle about the pros and cons of gentrification; feminist icon Germaine Greer rants at a bus stop; and a Murdoch family movie night gets uncomfortable for the kids.

Guest stars include Ben Miller (Rupert Murdoch), Kevin Bishop (Larry Garrity), Ben Ashenden (Tom), Joan Linder (Kay’s mother), Jaygann Ayeh (Hassan) and Kadeem Ramsay (Nonso).

Written by Gemma Arrowsmith, Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley, Jonathan Harvey, Katherine Jakeways, George Jeffrie, Bert Tyler Moore, Lucy Montgomery and Georgia Pritchett; directed by Dominic Brigstocke and Nick Collett.

The series is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

Recently nominated for a Primetime Emmy® for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series, the first season of TRACEY ULLMAN’S SHOW received critical raves, with Variety writing, “Her voice impressions of [Maggie Smith and Judi Dench] are so impeccable they’re uncanny.” The UK’s Independent declared the show a “triumphant return” for Ullman, and the Wall Street Journal hailed the series as a “caustic cause for celebration.”

Featuring the unique comic talent in multiple roles, Ullman’s first HBO series, “Tracey Takes On…,” ran for four seasons, wrapping its 47-episode run in 1999, and receiving six Emmys®. Her other HBO credits include the specials “Tracey Ullman: Live and Exposed” (2005), “Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales” (2003), “Tracey Ullman: Takes on New York” (1993) and “Tracey Ullman: A Class Act” (1993).

Ullman burst on the U.S. TV scene in 1987 with the broadcast series “The Tracey Ullman Show,” which brought her two Emmys®, and also gave birth to “The Simpsons.” She also won Emmys® for guest appearances on “Ally McBeal” and “Love & War.” Ullman’s film credits include “Into the Woods,” Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” John Waters’ “A Dirty Shame,” Woody Allen’s “Small Time Crooks” and “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Panic,” Robert Altman’s “Ready to Wear,” Mel Brooks’ “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” “I Love You to Death,” “I’ll Do Anything,” “Household Saints” and “Plenty.”

Season two credits: devised by and starring Tracey Ullman; executive producers, Tracey Ullman and Gareth Edwards; producer, Caroline Norris.

Follow @HBOPR for more news and information.

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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
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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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