Amazon Prime Video in the US is adding another British TV title to its offerings. It’s Fleabag, a new BBC Three comedy from actress-writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Her name might not immediately ring a bell, but you’ve probably seen Phoebe Waller-Bridge in Brit TV series and/or films, such as The Iron Lady, Broadchurch, and The Café.
Waller-Bridge is currently filming Fleabag, a new comedy adapted from her play of the same name, which won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award in 2013.
“I can’t believe they’ve let me do this.”
In Fleabag she plays the eponymous character, a dry-witted, angry, cash-strapped, grief-riddled, porn-watching young woman trying to come to terms with a recent tragedy. As Fleabag hurls herself headlong into modern London living, she sleeps with anyone who dares to stand too close, squeezes money from wherever she can, rejects anyone who tries to help her, and maintains her bravado throughout.
Said Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning:
“This knocked me for six when I saw the one woman stage play, utterly distinctive and the writing has attracted the wish-list cast for the TV series.”
That cast includes Olivia Colman (The Night Manager, Broadchurch, Flowers, Mr. Sloane, Rev.), Bill Paterson (Outlander, Sea Of Souls, Dad’s Army), Hugh Dennis (Outnumbered, Not Going Out, My Hero), Hugh Skinner (The Windsors, W1A, Our Zoo), and Jamie Demetriou (Cockroaches, SunTrap, Tripped), as well as Jenny Rainsford (Law & Order: UK), Sian Clifford (Midsomer Murders), and US comedian Brett Gelman (Love, Blunt Talk).
Produced by Two Brothers Pictures (The Missing), the six-part Fleabag was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh for BBC Three, and Shane Allen and Chris Sussman for BBC Comedy. The executive producers are Jack Williams and Harry Williams, the producer is Lydia Hampson, and the director is Harry Bradbeer (Dickensian, No Offence).
Fleabag will be premiere on BBC Three later this year and Amazon Prime Video US this fall.