BBC America has greenlighted its first original comedy series, and it has a strong British theme. Almost Royal, which has received a seven-episode order, tells the tale of two young British aristocrats, Georgie (Ed Gamble) and Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart), on their first trip to the U.S. – interacting with real-life Americans. The project comes from Burning Bright Prods, with Clive Tulloh (Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man) as executive producer and Seamus Murphy-Mitchell (Friday Night With Jonathan Ross) as producer. Almost Royal will premiere June 21, following the Season 2 finale of BBC America’s breakout drama series Orphan Black. BBC America entered original scripted programming with its first original drama Copper, which ran for two seasons, followed by Orphan Black.
Georgie and Poppy Carlton 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 greatest country on earth – the United States of America. 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. The series is written by Jason Hazeley & Joel Morris (A Touch Of Cloth) and Samantha Martin (The Kevin Bishop Show). Chris Faith and Marcus Liversedge will direct. Almost Royal marks the first major TV acting gigs for young British comedy performers Gamble and Hoggart. BBC America’s slate of acquired British comedy series has included Absolutely Fabulous, Twenty Twelve, The Inbetweeners, The Thick of It and The Office.