Almost Royal. Image shows from L to R: Georgie Carlton (Ed Gamble), Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart). Copyright: Burning Bright Productions.

Almost Royal

E4 sketch show where two comedians pretend to be royal. 15 episodes (2 series), 2014 - 2016. Stars Ed Gamble, Amy Hoggart and Gemma Whelan.

Almost Royal. Image shows from L to R: Georgie Carlton (Ed Gamble), Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart). Copyright: Burning Bright Productions.

Almost Royal

Comedy-reality series in which Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart travel across America pretending to be distant descendants of the Royal Family

Sketch Show
2014 - 2016
15   (2 series)
Ed Gamble, Amy Hoggart and Gemma Whelan
Ed Gamble, Amy Hoggart, Jason Hazeley, Joel Morris, Samantha Martin, Seamus Murphy-Mitchell, Tom Neenan and Piers Torday
Chris Faith and Marcus Liversedge
Seamus Murphy-Mitchell and Christopher Mirigliani

Almost Royal, first shown on BBC America in July 2014, is a comedy-reality series in which two young British aristocrats take their first trip around the United States, interacting with real-life Americans. In actual fact, the two aristocrats are actors trying to deliver comical lines and baffle the people they meet.

Georgie (Ed Gamble) and Poppy Carlton (Amy Hoggart) are heirs to Caunty Manor, a large country estate in Norfolk, where they have enjoyed privileged lives as distant descendants of the Royal Family.

Almost Royal follows the two young British aristocrats as they venture outside the palace and across the pond on their first trip to the US, where they interact with real-life, unsuspecting everyday Americans. Crowns and cricket are traded for tobacco and baseball, Buckingham is swapped for Beverly Hills and instead of tea with the duke and duchess, it's a protein pump with Fabio and a ride along a Texan range. Georgie and Poppy are about to have their silver spoons plucked from their mouths and their thrones pulled right out from under them.

It's an eye-opening expedition that brings them face-to-face with every day real-life American citizens in Los Angeles, Boston, Texas, New York, Nashville, Detroit and Washington.

As well as commemorating their late father, Lord Carlton's love for America, the road trip provides the sheltered siblings with an opportunity to spread their wings and see the world. 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.

Georgie Carlton is the most affable man one could meet. He's using the trip around America as a way to become more "manly" in order to take on the responsibilities of Caunty Manor and live up to his Father's legacy.

Poppy Carlton is looking forward to raising her profile on the trip around America. She has high hopes of finding fame as a pop star / actor / author / lifestyle guru / cookery presenter. Poppy has all of the self-delusion required to find fame without having a scrap of talent.

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 10th August 2014 on E4 at 10pm
Last new broadcast
Sunday 21st September 2014 on E4 at 10pm
Length of episodes
30 minutes
Last repeat
Saturday 27th June 2015 at 3:30am

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