BBC Comedy is to remain ‘strong and stable’ as it continues to work with Tracey Ullman.
Following the success of the one off General Election special Tracey Breaks The News which aired in the aftermath of the public voting back in May, Shane Allen, Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning has today announced a three part run of Tracey Breaks The News for BBC One.
The three programmes 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.
“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!” – Tracey Ullman
Tracey returned to the beeb in 2016 with Tracey Ullman’s Show, which has run for two series. The performer has starred in comedy series both stateside and in the UK and as well as comedy and has previously worked as actress and singer with UK chart hits including Move Over Darling, They Don’t Know and Breakaway. Her 1980s comedy showcase in America gave viewers their first taste of The Simpsons cartoon series.
Popular characters from her recent sketch show included a shoplifting Dame Judi Dench and members of the British Royal Family including Camilla Parker-Bowles.
“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.” – Controller, BBC Comedy Commissioning, Shane Allen