HBO Press Release for Tracey Ullman's Show Season 1
TRACEY ULLMAN’S SHOW, STARRING THE LONGTIME HBO FAVORITE IN AN ALL-NEW SKETCH COMEDY SERIES, DEBUTS OCT. 28
Tracey Ullman as Angela Merkel in Tracey Ullman’s Show, season one, on HBO. (Photographer: Rory Lindsay)
A longtime HBO favorite returns to the network when TRACEY ULLMAN’S SHOW debuts FRIDAY, OCT. 28 (11:00–11:30 p.m. ET/PT). Emmy® winner Ullman stars as a wide array of everyday people and famous faces in the all-new sketch comedy series, which looks at modern life on the British side of the pond.
Over the course of the six-episode season, Ullman plays celebrities like Dame Judi Dench, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Dame Maggie Smith, as well as portraying everyone from an ex-dictator’s wife and an agent for fashion models to a drama teacher and an accident-prone massage therapist.
Tracey Ullman as Dame Judi Dench in Tracey Ullman’s Show, season one, on HBO. (Photographer: Rory Lindsay)
Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 28 (11:00–11:30 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: Oct. 28 (12:30 a.m.), 29 (5:45 p.m.) and 31 (10:35 p.m.), and Nov. 1 (midnight, 4:10 a.m.), 2 (6:55 p.m.) and 3 (2:50 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Oct. 29 (3:55 a.m.) and 31 (2:15 a.m.), and Nov. 12 (4:00 p.m.) and 27 (noon)
A delinquent Dame Judi Dench wriggles out of mischief; a woman returns home after 28 years in a far-East prison; German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Wales with her personal assistant; Dame Maggie Smith auditions for an atypical film role; a massage therapist is dangerously accident-prone; a job applicant has an unsavory past; a feminist MP makes a risqué election pledge; and a librarian orchestrates a musical ode to a royal library that’s about to be shuttered.
Written by Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley, Georgia Pritchett, Lucy Montgomery, Arthur Matthews, Laurence Rickard; directed by Dominic Brigstocke.
Debut: FRIDAY, NOV. 4 (11:00–11:30 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Nov. 4 (12:30 a.m.), 5 (1:20 a.m.), 7 (11:30 p.m.), 8 (4:30 a.m.), 9 (6:55 p.m.) and 10 (8:00 p.m., 4:40 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Nov. 5 (1:10 a.m.), 7 (4:10 a.m.), 12 (4:30 p.m.) and 27 (12:30 p.m.)
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, babysits Prince George; a man treats the local coffee shop as his personal office; a couple returns from vacation to find an illegal immigrant hiding under their motor home; Dame Judi Dench causes trouble in a five-star hotel; the tutor in a seniors’ computer class offers extraordinary tips; and Angela Merkel treats the embassy staff to a song.
Written by Georgia Pritchett, Jonathan Harvey, Jeremy Dyson, Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley, Gemma Arrowsmith, Carrie Quinlan, Laurence Rickard; directed by Dominic Brigstocke.
Debut: FRIDAY, NOV. 11 (11:00–11:30 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: Nov. 11 (12:30 a.m.), 14 (12:30 a.m.), 15 (3:10 a.m.) and 17 (5:05 a.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Nov. 12 (5:00 p.m., 12:45 a.m.), 14 (2:25 a.m.) and 27 (1:00 p.m.)
A pair of naive American tourists find their rose-tinted view of London put to the test; a member of Parliament holds her first constituency meeting topless; Dame Judi Dench breaks into a cinema; a man pitches his latest half-baked idea for a weather app from his coffee-shop “office”; and a model agent learns that her clumsy attempts to scout new faces aren’t helped by her unfortunate choice of an agency name.
Written by Jeremy Dyson, Georgia Pritchett, Laurence Rickard, Andy Riley, Kevin Cecil, Bert Tyler Moore, George Jeffrie, Jonathan Harvey; directed by Dominic Brigstocke.
The series will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.
TRACEY ULLMAN’S SHOW has already garnered critical raves in the UK, with the Daily Mirror calling the show “pure joy,” and the Metro observing that “Ullman’s brilliant talent for impersonation is still spot-on,” adding, “If you’ve lost faith in the power of sketch shows to crack you up, this could make you a believer once again.”
Featuring the unique comic talent in multiple roles, Ullman’s HBO series “Tracey Takes On…” ran for four seasons, wrapping its 47-episode run in 1999, and receiving six Emmys®. Her other HBO credits include the specials “Tracey Ullman: Live and Exposed” (2005), “Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales” (2003), “Tracey Ullman: Takes on New York” (1993) and “Tracey Ullman: A Class Act” (1993).
Ullman burst on the U.S. TV scene in 1987 with the broadcast series “The Tracey Ullman Show,” which brought her two Emmys®, and also gave birth to “The Simpsons.” She also won Emmys® for guest appearances on “Ally McBeal” and “Love & War.” Ullman’s film credits include “Into the Woods,” Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” John Waters’ “A Dirty Shame,” Woody Allen’s “Small Time Crooks” and “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Panic,” Robert Altman’s “Ready to Wear,” Mel Brooks’ “Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” “I Love You to Death,” “I’ll Do Anything,” “Household Saints” and “Plenty.”
TRACEY ULLMAN’S SHOW was devised by Tracey Ullman; executive producers, Tracey Ullman, Ben Farrell and Myfanwy Moore; producer, Caroline Norris.