Series 2 for Tracey Breaks The News

Tuesday 15th May 2018, 8:17pm

Michael Gove. Tracey Ullman. Copyright: BBC.

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.

In the first episode Jeremy Corbyn has an awkward meeting with an old friend; Europe's beige-est leader Angela Merkel reassesses her image; and Rupert Murdoch (played by Ben Miller) spends some quality time with his main squeeze Jerry Hall.

The new series will also see the debut of the "ever-so-trustworthy" Michael Gove; and the "hilarious new double act" of Jacob Rees-Mogg (played by Liam Hourican) and his very long-suffering Nanny.

Tracey Breaks The News 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 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. 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.

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