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BBC America orders first original comedy-reality series 'Almost Royal'

America just can’t get enough of the royals.

BBC America has ordered Almost Royal, the network’s first original comedy series about two young British aristocrats traveling to America for the first time. Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart will play Georgie and Poppy Carlton respectively, heirs to the Caunty Manor estate in Norfolk, England.

According to the network’s description, Georgie and Poppy, as distant descendants to the British Royal Family, leave their privileged lives behind to allow a camera crew to follow them on their unofficial royal tour of the U.S.  — which will also serve to commemorate their late father. The two, who have never done anything for themselves, try to evolve on their journey. Georgie tries to become more “manly” and live up to his Father’s legacy, while Poppy pursues a career of finding fame any way possible.

Almost Royal will “not be a straight sitcom,” according to the network, as it will feature the actors interacting with real Americans who are not actors. And there will likely be some mistaking the lookalike royals for another famous British couple with a crown, though baby George is nowhere in sight.

Almost Royal will premiere Saturday, June 21 at 10 p.m. ET following the Orphan Black season 2 finale.

Almost Royal is produced by Burning Bright Productions and distributed by BBC Worldwide. BBC America’s other comedies include British imports Absolutely Fabulous, Twenty Twelve, The Inbetweeners, The Thick of It and The Office.


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