Fleabag is a British comedy-drama television series set in London. It was produced by Two Brothers Pictures for digital channel BBC Three in a co-production agreement with Amazon Studios. The show premiered on 21 July 2016. 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.
Fleabag title card
|Created by||Phoebe Waller-Bridge|
|Written by||Phoebe Waller-Bridge|
|Directed by||Harry Bradbeer|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||9 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||23–28 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Two Brothers Pictures Limited|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||21 July 2016 –|
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. 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.
- Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Fleabag
- Hugh Skinner as Harry
- Sian Clifford as Claire
- Brett Gelman as Martin
- Bill Paterson as Dad
- Olivia Colman as Godmother
- Jamie Demetriou as Bus Rodent
- Jenny Rainsford as Boo
- Hugh Dennis as Bank Manager
- Andrew Scott as The Priest
- Fiona Shaw as Counsellor
- Kristin Scott Thomas as Belinda
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||6||21 July 2016||25 August 2016|
|2||6||4 March 2019||TBA|
Series 1 (2016)Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"Episode 1"||Tim Kirkby||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||21 July 2016|
|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.|
|2||2||"Episode 2"||Harry Bradbeer||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||28 July 2016|
|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.|
|3||3||"Episode 3"||Harry Bradbeer||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||4 August 2016|
|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.|
|4||4||"Episode 4"||Harry Bradbeer||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||11 August 2016|
|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.|
|5||5||"Episode 5"||Harry Bradbeer||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||18 August 2016|
|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.|
|6||6||"Episode 6"||Harry Bradbeer||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||25 August 2016|
|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." It was later confirmed by the BBC that Fleabag would return in March 2019.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date |
|7||1||"Episode 1"||Harry Bradbeer||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||4 March 2019|
|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.|
|8||2||"Episode 2"||Harry Bradbeer||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||11 March 2019|
|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.|
|9||3||"Episode 3"||Harry Bradbeer||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||18 March 2019|
|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
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.
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." On Metacritic, the first series holds a score of 88 out of 100, based on 19 critics, which constitutes "universal acclaim".
Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker described it "a precision black-humor mechanism, a warped and affecting fable about one single woman's existence." Mo Ryan at Variety called it scathingly funny. Mike Hale in The New York Times praised the show for its "restless, almost feral energy and its slap-in-the-face attitude." Tim Goodman from The Hollywood Reporter saw the show as "heralding a very distinctive new voice on television."
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2016||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Comedy Series||Fleabag||Nominated|||
|Best Actress in a Comedy Series||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||Nominated|
|Broadcast Awards||Best Comedy Programme||Fleabag||Nominated|||
|Best Original Programme||Fleabag||Won|
|Best Multichannel Programme||Fleabag||Won|
|2017||Dorian Awards||Unsung TV Show of the Year||Fleabag||Nominated|||
|NME Awards||Best TV Series||Fleabag||Won|||
|Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards||Best TV Situation Comedy||Fleabag - "Episode one"||Won|||
|Royal Television Society Awards||Best Writing – Comedy||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||Won|||
|Broadcasting Press Guild Awards||Best Writer||Phoebe Waller Bridge||Won|||
|BAFTA Television Awards||Best Scripted Comedy||Fleabag||Nominated|||
|Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme||Olivia Colman||Nominated|
|BAFTA Television Craft Awards||Best Editing: Fiction||Gary Dollner||Nominated|||
|Best Writer: Comedy||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||Nominated|
|Breakthrough Talent Award||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||Nominated|
|TCA Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Comedy||Fleabag||Nominated|||
|Individual Achievement in Comedy||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||Nominated|
|Golden Nymph Awards||Best TV Comedy Series||Fleabag||Won|||
|Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Phoebe Waller-Bridge||Won|
|Rockie Awards||Best Comedy Series – English Language||Fleabag||Won|||
|Gotham Independent Film Awards||Breakthrough Series – Long Form||Fleabag||Nominated|||
Phoebe's sister, Isobel Waller-Bridge, composed the music for the first series.
The complete first series was released on DVD on 3 October 2016 by Dazzler Media. The DVD and Blu-ray for the second series will be released on 15 April 2019.
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