Doll & Em is the latest comedy from Sky Living.
Real-life best friends and British actresses Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, write and star in Sky Living’s latest original comedy which the broadcaster describes as ‘an honest and satirically funny take on the joy and pain of female friendship.’
The programme made its premiere at 2013’s London Film Festival, and has already been acquired by HBO in America, Doll & Em is a semi-improvised piece, the series explores what happens when a Hollywood actress hires her childhood friend to be her personal assistant while making a film in Los Angeles.
A bittersweet tale painting a funny and intimate portrait of female friendship, Doll & Em sees Wells and Mortimer play fictional versions of themselves. This pastiche of friendship set amidst the backdrop of the glossy world of Hollywood packs a warm entertainment punch, whilst delivering important emotional truths across the series.
When things don’t work out between Doll and her boyfriend, there’s no-one the London-based waitress would rather turn to than her best pal, Em. Friends since childhood, they’re there for each other through thick and thin, despite now living thousands of miles apart thanks to Em’s glittering movie career. Arriving in LA for some much-needed TLC, Doll becomes Em’s assistant to help her out while she’s making her biggest film yet. Em claims it’s just a title, though: Doll won’t actually have to do any work.
Being Em’s assistant soon proves to be less straightforward than it first appeared. With ever more demands being made of her, Doll finds herself having more in common with the crew than her lifelong friend. And as Doll enjoys a romantic liaison with Em’s producer, Em begins to feel increasingly alienated, not to mention overwhelmed by her demanding film role. With their friendship becoming more complicated than either of them could have ever imagined, it seems that Doll and Em’s relationship might not be so unbreakable after all.
Filmed on location in Los Angeles and London the show features a number of cameo appearances from some A-list Hollywood stars Sky note.