Fleabag

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Fleabag
Genre Comedy-Drama
Created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Starring
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6
Release
Original network BBC Three
Picture format HDTV
Original release 21 July 2016 (2016-07-21) – present

Fleabag is a British comedy television series set in London. It was produced by Two Brothers Pictures for digital channel BBC Three[1] and in a co-production agreement with Amazon Studios.[2] The show premiered on 21 July 2016.[3] Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes and stars as the main character, Fleabag, a young woman attempting to navigate modern life in London. Waller-Bridge has confirmed that a second series will be shot in November 2017 and broadcast in 2018.[4]

Background[edit]

The show is adapted from Waller-Bridge's 2013 Edinburgh one-woman play of the same name which won the Fringe First Award.[5][6][7] The initial idea of the character of Fleabag came from a challenge by a friend, where Waller-Bridge was tasked with creating a sketch for a 10-minute section in a stand-up storytelling night.[8]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series One (2016)[edit]

Series 1 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 1 "Episode 1" Tim Kirkby Phoebe Waller-Bridge 21 July 2016 (21 July 2016)
2 2 "Episode 2" Harry Bradbeer Phoebe Waller-Bridge 28 July 2016 (28 July 2016)
3 3 "Episode 3" Harry Bradbeer Phoebe Waller-Bridge 4 August 2016 (4 August 2016)
4 4 "Episode 4" Harry Bradbeer Phoebe Waller-Bridge 11 August 2016 (11 August 2016)
5 5 "Episode 5" Harry Bradbeer Phoebe Waller-Bridge 18 August 2016 (18 August 2016)
6 6 "Episode 6" Harry Bradbeer Phoebe Waller-Bridge 25 August 2016 (25 August 2016)

Series Two (2018)[edit]

At the 2017 Broadcasting Press Guild Awards on 17 March 2017, Waller-Bridge confirmed that a second series is being planned. She stated that she expects the second series to film in November 2017 for an expected release in 2018, and also stated that "we are all trying to make it work and have the same team back."[4]

Distribution and broadcast[edit]

Following the initial release on BBC Three the series was broadcast on BBC Two between 21 August and 25 September 2016. It was picked up by the on-demand Amazon Video service and premiered in the United States on 16 September 2016.[7][10]

Critical reception[edit]

Fleabag received acclaim from television critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the first series an approval rating of 100%, based on 28 reviews, with an average rating of 8.44/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Clever and viciously funny, Fleabag is a touching, wildly inventive comedy about a complicated young woman navigating the aftermath of trauma."[11] On Metacritic, the first series holds a score of 88 out of 100, based on 19 critics, which constitutes "universal acclaim".[12]

Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker called it "a precision black-humor mechanism, a warped and affecting fable about one single woman’s existence."[13] Mo Ryan at Variety called it scathingly funny.[14] Mike Hale in The New York Times praised the show for its "restless, almost feral energy and its slap-in-the-face attitude."[15] Tim Goodman from The Hollywood Reporter saw the show as "heralding a very distinctive new voice on television."[16] Alan Sepinwall from HitFix described the show as "something achingly beautiful."[17]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2016 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Comedy Series Fleabag Nominated [18]
Best Actress in a Comedy Series Phoebe Waller-Bridge Nominated
Broadcast Awards Best Comedy Programme Fleabag Nominated [19]
Best Original Programme Fleabag Won
Best Multichannel Programme Fleabag Won
2017 Dorian Awards Unsung TV Show of the Year Fleabag Nominated [20]
NME Awards Best TV Series Fleabag Won [21]
Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards Best TV Situation Comedy Fleabag - "Episode one" Won [22]
Royal Television Society Awards Best Writing – Comedy Phoebe Waller-Bridge Won [23]
Breakthrough Phoebe Waller-Bridge Won
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best Writer Phoebe Waller Bridge Won [24]
BAFTA Television Awards Best Scripted Comedy Fleabag Nominated [25]
Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme Olivia Colman Nominated
Phoebe Waller-Bridge Won
BAFTA Television Craft Awards Best Editing: Fiction Gary Dollner Nominated [26]
Best Writer: Comedy Phoebe Waller-Bridge Nominated
Breakthrough Talent Award Phoebe Waller-Bridge Nominated
TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Fleabag Nominated [27]
Individual Achievement in Comedy Phoebe Waller-Bridge Nominated
Golden Nymph Awards Best TV Comedy Series Fleabag Won [28]
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Phoebe Waller-Bridge Won
Rockie Awards Best Comedy Series – English Language Fleabag Won [29]

Music[edit]

Phoebe's sister, Isobel Waller-Bridge, composed the music for the first series.[8]

DVD[edit]

The complete first series was released on DVD on 3 October 2016 by Dazzler Media.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bullimore, Emma (19 July 2016). "Seven reasons why feminist comedy Fleabag will be your latest TV addiction". Stylist. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Day, Elizabeth (7 July 2016). "Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge on female anger, emotional honesty -and fancying Barack Obama". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Rees, Jasper (16 September 2016). "Fleabag: a gloriously rude, and far funnier, update of Bridget Jones – review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Dowell, Ben (18 March 2017). "Fleabag WILL be back in 2018 says Phoebe Waller-Bridge". Radio Times. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  5. ^ MJ (20 April 2016). "Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag coming to BBC Three". BBC. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Drywrite and Soho Theatre present Fleabag". Soho Theatre. May 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Barraclough, Leo (19 May 2016). "Amazon Acquires Comedy Series ‘Fleabag’ From ‘Broadchurch’s’ Phoebe Waller-Bridge". Variety. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  8. ^ a b Jung, E. Alex (20 September 2016). "Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Her Amazon Show Fleabag, Sex Jokes, and Ryan Gosling Feminism". Vuture. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  9. ^ Delgado, Kasia (21 August 2016). "Fleabag is an unflinching, clever look at tricky youth, terrible sex and self-destruction". Radio Times. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  10. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (7 August 2016). "Transparent Season 3, High Castle Season 2, Woody Allen Comedy and Others Get Amazon Premiere Dates". TVLine.com. 
  11. ^ "Fleabag: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Fleabag – Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  13. ^ Nussbaum, Emily (26 September 2016). ""Fleabag," an Original Bad-Girl Comedy". The New Yorker. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  14. ^ Ryan, Maureen (7 September 2016). "TV Review: ‘One Mississippi’ and ‘Fleabag’". Variety. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  15. ^ Hale, Mike (15 September 2016). "Review: ‘Fleabag,’ Biting, Bitter and Pushing Boundaries". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  16. ^ Goodman, Tim (16 September 2016). "'Fleabag': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  17. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (15 September 2016). "Review: Amazon's 'Fleabag' a terrific mix of raunchy comedy and painful drama". HitFix. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  18. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (14 November 2016). "Critics’ Choice TV Nominations Unveiled". Deadline. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  19. ^ "Broadcast Awards Shortlist 2017". Broadcast Magazine. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  20. ^ Dry, Jude. "‘Moonlight’ Sweeps Gay and Lesbian Critics Association’s Dorian Awards - IndieWire". www.indiewire.com. 
  21. ^ "‘Fleabag’ named Best TV Series supported by Domino’s at the VO5 NME Awards 2017 - NME". 15 February 2017. 
  22. ^ "Writer's Guild Awards 2017". writersguild.org.uk. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  23. ^ "RTS Awards 2017". Royal Television Society. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2017. 
  24. ^ "The Night Manager, The Crown, Planet Earth II and Desert Island Discs take top prizes at 43rd Broadcasting Press Guild Awards". Broadcasting Press Guild. 17 March 2017. 
  25. ^ "Bafta Television Awards Shortlist 2017". BAFTA. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2017. 
  26. ^ "Bafta Television Craft Awards Shortlist 2017". BAFTA. 26 March 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2017. 
  27. ^ Stanhope, Kate (19 June 2017). "'Handmaid's Tale,' 'This Is Us' and 'Atlanta' Lead 2017 TV Critic Awards Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  28. ^ "Palmarès des Nymphes d'Or 2017". Monte-Carlo Television Festival (in French). 20 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  29. ^ "Rockie Awards Program Competition". Banff World Media Festival. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 

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