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Fleabag is a British comedy-drama television series set in London. It was produced by Two Brothers Pictures for digital channel BBC Three[1] in a co-production agreement with Amazon Studios.[2] The show premiered on 21 July 2016.[3] Show creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes and stars as the main character, Fleabag, an angry, confused, sex-addicted young woman living in London. The second series began broadcasting on 4 March 2019, adding Kristin Scott Thomas, Fiona Shaw and Andrew Scott to the cast.[4][5][6]

Fleabag
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Fleabag title card
GenreComedy-drama
Created byPhoebe Waller-Bridge
Written byPhoebe Waller-Bridge
Directed byHarry Bradbeer
Starring
Composer(s)Isobel Waller-Bridge
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes9 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge
  • Jack Williams
  • Harry Williams
Producer(s)
  • Lydia Hampson
  • Sarah Hammond
Cinematography
  • Tony Miller
  • Laurie Rose
Running time23–28 minutes
Production company(s)Two Brothers Pictures Limited
DistributorBBC
Release
Original network
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release21 July 2016 (2016-07-21) –
present (present)
External links
Website

Contents

BackgroundEdit

The show is adapted from Waller-Bridge's 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe one-woman play of the same name which won the Fringe First Award.[7][8][9] The initial idea of the character of Fleabag came from a challenge by a friend, where Waller-Bridge was given the task of creating a sketch for a 10-minute section in a stand-up storytelling night.[10]

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1621 July 2016 (2016-07-21)25 August 2016 (2016-08-25)
264 March 2019 (2019-03-04)TBA

Series 1 (2016)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Episode 1"Tim KirkbyPhoebe Waller-Bridge21 July 2016 (2016-07-21)
Fleabag recounts her day starting with a one night stand with a strange request and a bus pick-up to whom she explains how she split from boyfriend Harry. After being refused a bank loan she meets - and argues yet again - with sister Claire at a feminist lecture before visiting estranged Dad and Godmother - whom he married with indecent haste on widowhood and not Fleabag's favourite person - helping a drunk woman and pleasuring herself in a taxi after the bus rodent has failed to fulfil his promise.
22"Episode 2"Harry BradbeerPhoebe Waller-Bridge28 July 2016 (2016-07-28)
Haunted by memories of her dead best friend, dumped by her emotionally fragile boyfriend, and now desperately trying to sell the stolen statue to Claire's husband Martin - a man who would like to be unfaithful with her - Fleabag attempts to rekindle romantic fires with the man who prefers a rear entry to distract her from the mayhem of her life.
33"Episode 3"Harry BradbeerPhoebe Waller-Bridge4 August 2016 (2016-08-04)
Fleabag helps her inappropriate brother-in-law buy a present for Claire, who is organising her own surprise birthday party. On the hunt for a date, Fleabag reconnects with a toothy friend.
44"Episode 4"Harry BradbeerPhoebe Waller-Bridge11 August 2016 (2016-08-11)
Fleabag and her sister Claire reluctantly visit a female-only silent retreat, courtesy of their father. Their enforced silence is interrupted by an unusual neighbouring weekend workshop, explosive secrets coming to light and there is a surprising connection with an old acquaintance.
55"Episode 5"Harry BradbeerPhoebe Waller-Bridge18 August 2016 (2016-08-18)
On the anniversary of her mother's death, Fleabag and Claire return to their family home for the annual memorial lunch. Although this time there is an interloper... Things get heated between Fleabag and her godmother, who muscles her way into the occasion and reveals plans for her sex-hibition.
66"Episode 6"Harry BradbeerPhoebe Waller-Bridge25 August 2016 (2016-08-25)
Fleabag takes a date to her godmother's Sex-hibition to discover a few shocks are in store for her there, including a declaration of love, a familiar piece of work and an entire wall of surprises. But where is Claire? The season finale forces Fleabag to face up to her actions and to finally reveal what happened to her beloved friend Boo.

Series 2 (2019)Edit

At the 2017 Broadcasting Press Guild awards, Waller-Bridge confirmed that a second series was planned, and that she expected filming to begin in November 2017 for an expected release in 2018, and that "we are all trying to make it work and have the same team back."[11] It was later confirmed by the BBC that Fleabag would return in March 2019.[4][6]

No.
overall
No. in
series
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [12]
71"Episode 1"Harry BradbeerPhoebe Waller-Bridge4 March 2019 (2019-03-04)
Fleabag returns, joining an uncomfortable family dinner to celebrate Godmother and Dad’s engagement. Alongside familiar faces - uptight sister Claire and her alcoholic husband Martin - Fleabag find herself intrigued by Godmother’s new priest. The evening comes to a tempestuous end, when an unexpected attack brings old tensions bubbling to the surface.
82"Episode 2"Harry BradbeerPhoebe Waller-Bridge11 March 2019 (2019-03-11)
A counselling session elicits an uncomfortable truth from Fleabag, and she finds herself somewhere unexpected. Elsewhere, a chat with Claire brings some unwelcome news, Martin and Fleabag face off, and Jake wonders where Claire is.
93"Episode 3"Harry BradbeerPhoebe Waller-Bridge18 March 2019 (2019-03-18)
Fleabag helps with an event at Claire’s work which inevitably ends in disaster, but an introduction to Claire’s colleague proves intriguing, and a chance meeting with a stranger opens Fleabag’s eyes.

Distribution and broadcastEdit

 
The women behind the Fleabag monologue interviewed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013. Performer Phoebe Waller-Bridge is in the centre.

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.[9][13]

Critical receptionEdit

Fleabag was well received by television critics. The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the first series an approval rating of 100%, based on 32 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."[14] On Metacritic, the first series holds a score of 88 out of 100, based on 19 critics, which constitutes "universal acclaim".[15]

Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker described it "a precision black-humor mechanism, a warped and affecting fable about one single woman's existence."[16] Mo Ryan at Variety called it scathingly funny.[17] Mike Hale in The New York Times praised the show for its "restless, almost feral energy and its slap-in-the-face attitude."[18] Tim Goodman from The Hollywood Reporter saw the show as "heralding a very distinctive new voice on television."[19]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2016 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Comedy Series Fleabag Nominated [20]
Best Actress in a Comedy Series Phoebe Waller-Bridge Nominated
Broadcast Awards Best Comedy Programme Fleabag Nominated [21]
Best Original Programme Fleabag Won
Best Multichannel Programme Fleabag Won
2017 Dorian Awards Unsung TV Show of the Year Fleabag Nominated [22]
NME Awards Best TV Series Fleabag Won [23]
Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards Best TV Situation Comedy Fleabag - "Episode one" Won [24]
Royal Television Society Awards Best Writing – Comedy Phoebe Waller-Bridge Won [25]
Breakthrough Phoebe Waller-Bridge Won
Broadcasting Press Guild Awards Best Writer Phoebe Waller Bridge Won [26]
BAFTA Television Awards Best Scripted Comedy Fleabag Nominated [27]
Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme Olivia Colman Nominated
Phoebe Waller-Bridge Won
BAFTA Television Craft Awards Best Editing: Fiction Gary Dollner Nominated [28]
Best Writer: Comedy Phoebe Waller-Bridge Nominated
Breakthrough Talent Award Phoebe Waller-Bridge Nominated
TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Fleabag Nominated [29]
Individual Achievement in Comedy Phoebe Waller-Bridge Nominated
Golden Nymph Awards Best TV Comedy Series Fleabag Won [30]
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Phoebe Waller-Bridge Won
Rockie Awards Best Comedy Series – English Language Fleabag Won [31]
Gotham Independent Film Awards Breakthrough Series – Long Form Fleabag Nominated [32]

MusicEdit

Phoebe's sister, Isobel Waller-Bridge, composed the music for the first series.[10]

Home mediaEdit

The complete first series was released on DVD on 3 October 2016 by Dazzler Media.[33] The DVD and Blu-ray for the second series will be released on 15 April 2019.

ReferencesEdit

  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 "BBC Comedy confirms Bafta winning Fleabag will return to BBC Three in 2019". Media Centre. 25 August 2017.
  5. ^ Mumford, Gwilym (24 January 2019). "Kristin Scott Thomas to star in second series of Fleabag". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b Hattenstone, Simon (16 February 2019). "Andrew Scott on being Fleabag's new crush: 'This is uncharted territory'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  7. ^ MJ (20 April 2016). "Phoebe Waller-Bridge's Fleabag coming to BBC Three". BBC. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Drywrite and Soho Theatre present Fleabag". Soho Theatre. May 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  9. ^ a b Barraclough, Leo (19 May 2016). "Amazon Acquires Comedy Series 'Fleabag' From 'Broadchurch's' Phoebe Waller-Bridge". Variety. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Dowell, Ben (18 March 2017). "Fleabag WILL be back in 2018 says Phoebe Waller-Bridge". Radio Times. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Fleabag Episodes Guide and Summaries". Next Episode. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  13. ^ Schwartz, Ryan (7 August 2016). "Transparent Season 3, High Castle Season 2, Woody Allen Comedy and Others Get Amazon Premiere Dates". TVLine.com.
  14. ^ "Fleabag: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Fleabag – Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  16. ^ Nussbaum, Emily (26 September 2016). ""Fleabag," an Original Bad-Girl Comedy". The New Yorker. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  17. ^ Ryan, Maureen (7 September 2016). "TV Review: 'One Mississippi' and 'Fleabag'". Variety. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  18. ^ Hale, Mike (15 September 2016). "Review: 'Fleabag,' Biting, Bitter and Pushing Boundaries". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  19. ^ Goodman, Tim (16 September 2016). "'Fleabag': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  20. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (14 November 2016). "Critics' Choice TV Nominations Unveiled". Deadline. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  21. ^ "Broadcast Awards Shortlist 2017". Broadcast Magazine. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  22. ^ Dry, Jude (28 January 2017). "'Moonlight' Sweeps Gay and Lesbian Critics Association's Dorian Awards - IndieWire". www.indiewire.com.
  23. ^ "'Fleabag' named Best TV Series supported by Domino's at the VO5 NME Awards 2017 - NME". 15 February 2017.
  24. ^ "Writer's Guild Awards 2017". writersguild.org.uk. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  25. ^ "RTS Awards 2017". Royal Television Society. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  26. ^ "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.
  27. ^ "Bafta Television Awards Shortlist 2017". BAFTA. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  28. ^ "Bafta Television Craft Awards Shortlist 2017". BAFTA. 26 March 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  29. ^ 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.
  30. ^ "Palmarès des Nymphes d'Or 2017". Monte-Carlo Television Festival (in French). 20 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  31. ^ "Rockie Awards Program Competition". Banff World Media Festival. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  32. ^ Erbland, Kate (19 October 2017). "'Get Out' Leads 2017 Gotham Awards Nominations". IndieWire. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  33. ^ @dazzlermedia (28 Sep 2016). "'Fleabag' is out now on DVD" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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