BBC America’s satirical “reality” series, “Almost Royal,” premieres at 10 p.m. June 21 and Variety has an exclusive preview of the mockumentary, which focuses on the misadventures of two naive British aristocrats as they tour America and interact with real-life, unsuspecting locals.
In the clip above, siblings Georgie (Ed Gamble) and Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart) debate the eligibility of Charlie Sheen, who “seems quite reliable, like he’s got his life sorted out.”
While the concept shares many similarities with Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat,” Variety TV Critic Brian Lowry describes the series as “fast-paced and frequently funny, a mix of deft writing and the duo’s deadpan improvisational skills … Gamble and Hoggart manage to strike just the right tone, sounding alternately wide-eyed and priggish, without coming across as mean-spirited — which is no small feat.”
Per BBC America’s summary: The Carltons 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 U.S.
While also commemorating their late father, Lord Carlton, the road trip will provide the sheltered siblings with an opportunity to spread their wings and experience life across the pond. Georgie and Poppy have never worked a day in their lives, driven themselves anywhere or solved any problem more complex than telling their butler to tell their cook what they want for lunch.
“Almost Royal” is a BBC America original series produced by Burning Bright Productions and distributed by BBC Worldwide. The 30-minute, seven-episode series is directed by Chris Faith and Marcus Liversedge.
You can get an early first look at a full episode of the comedy, which premieres with back-to-back episodes on June 21, below.