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Hugh Bonneville stars in ITV ‘cancel culture’ drama


Hugh Bonneville stars in ITV ‘cancel culture’ drama

ITV has commissioned a four-part comedy drama about cancel culture, set in the world of television news, which will premiere on ITVX.

Entitled, Douglas Is Cancelled, the series stars Hugh Bonneville, as respected news presenter, Douglas, and Karen Gillan as his sharper, savvier co-anchor, Madeline. Ben Miles also stars alongside Alex Kingston, Nick Mohammed and Simon Russell Beale.

The series has been written by Steven Moffat:

“I just sat down and wrote this – didn’t even tell anyone what I was doing. And now it’s all happening, thanks to the amazing Sue Vertue  – renowned TV producer and in a rare moment of weakness, my wife. I can’t quite believe we’ve managed to get the mighty Hugh Bonneville involved as Douglas and that we’ve lured my old friend Karen Gillan back from Hollywood, to play Madeline.”

“And if that’s not enough, we’ve got Ben Miles, Alex Kingston, Nick Mohammed and Simon Russell Beale. It’s the kind of cast that makes you terrified about stepping into the room.”

Steven will executive produce the series alongside fellow Executive Producer Sue Vertue on behalf of Hartswood Films.  Ben Palmer is directing the series which is produced by Lawrence Till.

ITV Head of Drama Polly Hill:  

Douglas is Cancelled is a razor-sharp, and insightfully witty drama from Steven Moffat, which takes such a clever look at gender politics, social media and being cancelled. I’m really delighted to be working with Steven Moffat, Sue Vertue and the team at Hartswood Films, to bring this wonderfully contemporary story to ITVX.  It’s a testament to Steven’s brilliant scripts that it has attracted such an incredible cast.”

Whilst an experienced broadcaster for Live At Six, behind the scenes Douglas surprisingly needs constant reassurance from his sharper, younger, tech-savvy, social media-aware co-anchor, Madeline, who appears to be able to wrap him around her little finger. His life is privileged as he’s regarded as a national treasure and apparently, can do no wrong until he makes an ill-advised joke at his cousin’s wedding, which is overheard by a fellow guest, who threatens to expose his comments on social media.

Speculation is rife and during the ongoing hysteria and digital storm, Douglas’s alleged indiscretion is dissected, analysed and blown out of all proportion. Everyone appears to have an opinion and Douglas is struggling to escape the controversy. It’s a chaotic and unmanageable situation, but can Douglas count on the support of his agent and colleagues? What will Douglas do next?

Is he a casualty of ‘cancel culture’? With 2 million followers, what is Madeline’s motivation to social post on Douglas’s behalf?  Friend or foe?  That is the question. Douglas Is Cancelled begins filming in London. The drama will be distributed internationally by BBC Studios and co-produced by SkyShowtime.

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