Series 2 for Tracey Breaks The News

Tuesday 15th May 2018, 8:17pm

Satirical comedy Tracey Breaks The News is to return for a second series.

Spinning off from Tracey Ullman’s Show, the sketch show focuses on the comic’s political characters, and is filmed and edited up until the day of broadcast.

British Comedy Guide has learned that a second 3-episode series is set to broadcast from Friday 1st June, with initial filming for the series now under way.

The comedy made its debut with a single special in June 2017, just three months after the end of Tracey Ullman’s Show Series 2. It returned in October and November for a three-week run, with characters including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (pictured) and Prime Minister Theresa May.

Ullman’s regular supporting cast and contributing writers are all understood to be returning for the second series, including the likes of Gemma Arrowsmith, Laurence Howarth, Samantha Spiro and Ben Willbond.

The series will again only be a short run due to the demands of the production schedule and the need for topicality in the sketches. Series such as Dead Ringers have traditionally filmed almost entirely in the week of their broadcast, but with a larger cast – not focused around the talents of one star performer – are able to be both filming, and preparing to film, multiple sketches at any one time.

Production of Tracey Breaks The News sees the show filming the majority of its sketches roughly a fortnight ahead of each episode’s transmission, with final, more topical scenes recorded and edited just hours ahead of the programme’s broadcast.

The series is a BBC Studios production for BBC One.

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