After some success developing and/or co-producing original drama series, BBC America is venturing into the uncharted waters of comedy with a new half-hour series called Almost Royal. The premise of the series is a reality show following a near-royal couple as they venture across America – each with their own primary reason for the trip.
As distant descendants of the British Royal Family, Georgie (Ed Gamble, Man Down) and Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart) are heirs to Caunty Manor, a country estate in Norfolk, England. They’ve agreed to allow a camera to follow them as they tour the U.S. For Georgie, it’s a chance to become more ‘manly’ as he undertakes the responsibilities of Caunty Manor, while Poppy is hoping to parlay enough fame from the trip to launch a career as an author/pop star/actor, whatever – despite having not a lick of talent (if Kim Kardashian can do it…).
Almost Royal will premiere on Saturday, June 21st (10/9C), following the second season finale of Orphan Black. Check out the press release for more after the jump.
BBC AMERICA COMMISSIONS FIRST ORIGINAL COMEDY SERIES ALMOST ROYAL
New York – March 25, 2014 – BBC AMERICA has commissioned its first original comedy series Almost Royal, a tale of two young British aristocrats on their first trip to the United States – interacting with real-life Americans. The (7×30) series is produced by Burning Bright Productions with Clive Tulloh (Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man, The Dame Edna Treatment, High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman) as executive producer and Seamus Murphy-Mitchell (Bug, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross) as series producer. Almost Royal premieres Saturday, June 21, 10:00pm ET following the Orphan Black season two finale.
Georgie (Ed Gamble) and Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart) are heirs to Caunty Manor, a large country estate in Norfolk, England, where they have enjoyed privileged lives as distant descendants of the British Royal Family. They have agreed to have a camera crew follow them on an unofficial royal tour of the greatest country on earth – the United States of America. While also commemorating their late father, Lord Carlton, the road trip will provide the sheltered siblings with an opportunity to spread their wings and see the world. Georgie and Poppy have never worked a day in their lives, driven themselves anywhere or solved any problem more complex than telling their butler to tell their cook what they want for lunch.
Georgie Carlton is the most affable man one could meet. He’s using the trip around America as a way to become more “manly” in order to take on the responsibilities of Caunty Manor and live up to his Father’s legacy.
Poppy Carlton is looking forward to raising her profile on the trip around America. She has high hopes of finding fame as a pop star/actor/author/lifestyle guru/cookery presenter. Poppy has all of the self-delusion required to find fame without having a scrap of talent.
Almost Royal is a BBC AMERICA original series produced by Burning Bright Productions and distributed by BBC Worldwide. The series is directed by Chris Faith (Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show) and Marcus Liversedge (The Only Way is Essex). BBC AMERICA’s slate of British comedies has included Absolutely Fabulous, Twenty Twelve, The Inbetweeners, The Thick of It and The Office.
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