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BBC One announce new comedy Queen of Oz from Catherine Tate

The new six-part series has been written by Catherine Tate and Jeff Gutheim with Tate in the lead role.

Catherine Tate will star as in the leading role as Princess Georgina, the black sheep of a fictional British Royal Family. A PR disaster, she’s spent her spoilt, party-girl life plastered over the tabloids.

On the back of her latest scandal her father, the King, makes the unprecedented move of abdicating his Australian throne in favour of his daughter. It is hoped that giving her some real responsibility will finally be the making of her - and if it isn’t, at least shipping her off keeps her 10,000 miles away from London.

Accompanied by a useless entourage, Queen Georgiana of Australia goes kicking and screaming to a country she has zero interest in beyond the Hemsworth Brothers.

BBC's Director of BBC Comedy, Jon Petrie said "It’s time to roll out the red carpet. And hang up the bunting again. We’re excited to have the multi-award-winning Catherine Tate back making another comedy for the BBC. Her work has been enjoyed by millions over the years and we look forward to working with her on another hit for us."

Catherine Tate will also executive produce the series alongside producer Michele Bennett and executive producer for Lingo, Helen Bowden, with Christiaan Van Vuuren directing.

Produced by Lingo Pictures in association with The Development Partnership, the series comes from an original idea by Catherine Tate and Borga Dorta and is being produced in association with ABC Australia.

Producer Michele Bennett said "Catherine Tate is such a superb talent and the team at Lingo Pictures couldn’t be more delighted to be working with her on this fabulously witty series. We know that British and Australians, as well as audiences around the world, are going to love this riotous take on royalty in Australia."

Filming will begin later this year in Australia and further casting will be announced in due course.

Queen of Oz will air on BBC One


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