Brit TV: Coming Soon to BBC America – Almost Royal – A New Comedy about Royals Visiting America That Actually Looks Rather Good!


This came across our wires and we thought it was worth sharing. BBC America is producing a new comedy show called Almost Royal. It’s a fly on the wall comedy about two uppity British Aristocrats on a tour of America. While we are generally pretty critical about BBC America, this actually looks rather funny. See the clips below.

From BBC America:

Almost Royal, BBC AMERICA’s first original comedy-reality series, is a tale of two young British aristocrats on their first trip around the United States, interacting with real-life Americans. The show will premiere Saturday, June 21, at 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 USA.

While also commemorating their late father, Lord Carlton, the road trip will provide the sheltered siblings with an opportunity to spread their wings and experience life across the pond. 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.

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.

While this show is being produced by BBC America – a first for them producing original comedy – it has a good pedigree. They’ve released a few clips from the show and I must say it looks rather funny. It’s Borat meets the British Royals.

Here are some clips:

Here’s a bit of a longer introduction to the show:

It premieres on June 21st, 2014 and will run for seven episodes. I’m looking forward to it!

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