Douglas Is Cancelled – start date confirmed for Moffat comedy drama

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Hugh Bonneville and Karen Gillan star, with Alex Kingston, Nick Mohammed and Simon Russell Beale. 

Updated 14/06/24: ITV confirm the air date for the first episode of Douglas is Cancelled.

The show launches on ITV1 at 9pm on Thursday, 27th June 2024.

Douglas is Cancelled - Hugh Bonneville & Karen Gillian
Courtesy of Hartswood/ITVX

The programme listing also confirms the show’s wider cast, including another Moffat-era Doctor Who face with Stephanie Hyam playing Helen.

Doctor Who: Bill Potts and Heather
Pearl Mackie & Stephanie Hyam (c) BBC

In the series 10 opener ‘The Pilot’, Hyam played Heather – Bill Pott’s ill-fated love interest.

Also appearing in Douglas is Cancelled are Madeleine Power, Joe Wilkinson, Millicent Wong, Toby Longworth, Michael Parr and Patrick Baladi (Breeders).

Following that first episode, the entire four-part series will drop on the ITVX streaming service.

Original article (of 06/06/24) continues…

Douglas Is Cancelled – first trailer & images for Steven Moffat’s new series

ITV have dropped the trailer for Steven Moffat’s new show Douglas Is Cancelled.

The series is a four-part comedy drama about cancel culture, set in the world of television news. Hugh Bonneville and Karen Gillan play the on screen presenting duo Douglas and Madeline, hosts of “Live At 6”.

Douglas is Cancelled - Hugh Bonneville & Karen Gillian
Courtesy of Hartswood/ITVX

It’s also a mini-Doctor Who reunion, with Gillan, Kingston and Bonneville all appearing during Steven Moffat’s time as showrunner.

Here’s the synopsis for Douglas is Cancelled

Douglas lives a perfect life. He enjoys his privileged status as national treasure and host of current affairs show “Live at Six” while off-air he shares a harmonious home with wife Sheila, a newspaper editor.

But their world is turned upside down when, at a family wedding, he’s overheard making an “ill-advised joke.” As a guest threatens to expose Douglas on social media the rumour mill goes into overdrive and sparks off a digital storm that quickly upends his life and career. With her 2 million social media followers, tech-savvy co-anchor Madeline could throw Douglas a lifeline by posting in his defence … but will she?

The show’s ensemble includes Alex Kingston as Sheila

Douglas is Cancelled - Alex Kingston as Sheila
Alex Kingston – Courtesy of Hartswood/ITVX

With Ben Miles (Hijack)…

Ben Miles – Courtesy of Hartswood/ITVX

Nick Mohammed (Renegade Nell)

Nick Mohammed – Courtesy of Hartswood/ITVX

and Simon Russell Beale (Mary & George).

Simon Russell Beale – Courtesy of Hartswood/ITVX

Ben Palmer (The Inbetweeners) directs the show, which comes from Hartswood Films in association with SkyShowtime and BBC Studios Distribution.

Moffat and Palmer executive produce, alongside Sue Vertue. Lawrence Till (Silent Witness) produces.

Douglas Is Cancelled will air later this month on ITV1 and ITVX  We’ll keep you posted.