10:12am PT by Lesley Goldberg
BBC America Orders First Original Comedy Series 'Almost Royal'
BBC America has announced its first independently developed scripted comedy.
The cabler has ordered its first original scripted comedy series, handing out an order to Almost Royal on Tuesday.
The seven-episode series hails from Burning Bright Productions with Clive Tulloh (Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man) and Seamus Murphy-Mitchell (Bug) set to produce. The series centers on Georgie (Ed Gamble) and Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart), the 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 greatest country on Earth -- 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 see the world. 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.
BBC America will use the season two finale of critical darling Orphan Black as a Launchpad for Almost Royal and premiere the series following the episode on Saturday, June 21 at 10 p.m.
Almost Royal was developed in-house and is produced by Burning Bright Productions and distributed by BBC Worldwide. Chris Faith (Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show) and Marcus Liversedge (The Only Way is Essex) direct.
The series joins a roster of imported British comedies that have included Absolutely Fabulous, Twenty Twelve, The Inbetweeners,The Thick of It and The Office. Almost Royal joins a roster of scripted dramas at BBC America that includes Doctor Who, In the Flesh and Ripper Street.