Tracey Ullman Returns to U.K. TV After 30 Years

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The six-part 'The Tracey Ullman Show' is one of a number of new comedy shows commissioned by the BBC.

After 30 years of living and working in the U.S., legendary British comedienne Tracey Ullman is returning home. 

The BBC has commissioned a six-episode season of The Tracey Ullman Show in which Ullman will return to British screens for the first time since the mid-1980s, when she was the star of shows like Three of a Kind and A Kick Up the Eighties

Ullman emigrated to the U.S. in the late 1980s, creating the successful The Tracey Ullman Show for Fox, which famously gave The Simpsons its television debut as short animated sketches on her show before being spun off into its own show.  

"It's a privilege to be doing this," Ullman told the BBC. "The BBC has changed a bit since the last time I worked here, when it was all men in bow ties who had completed National Service. Now there are a lot more women. Great ones. The important things haven't changed though."

She added: "The BBC still provides an environment that allows you the freedom to create the best shows possible."

Shane Allen, the BBC controller of comedy commissioning said,  "It's about time the Americans gave her back. Tracey has been the missing gem in the British comedy crown for too long."