Tracey Ullman is returning home. It’s be 30 years since she gave face regularly on British TV and now she’s headed back with her own comedy series. The actress, writer and singer, who has enjoyed decades of success in the US, said it was “a privilege” to be back. The show is a six-part series aptly titled The Tracey Ullman Show, a new sketch series starring the beloved British comedienne as a “multitude of diverse and distinct characters living in, or visiting, the busy global hub that is the United Kingdom.” Ullman last appeared on the BBC in A Kick up the Eighties, which also starred a young Robbie Coltrane who gained fame in the States as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter films. Then, after emigrating to the United States, she created The Tracey Ullman Show for the Fox network, winning several Emmy and Golden Globe awards. The show famously spawned cartoon series The Simpsons, which started out as short sketches either side of a commercial break.
“It’s a privilege to be doing this,” said Ullman of her new BBC One series. “I still feel as inspired to inhabit people as I did when I was six, standing on the windowsill in my mother’s bedroom, putting on a show.” “It’s about time the Americans gave her back,” said Shane Allen, controller of comedy commissioning at the BBC. “Tracey has been the missing gem in the British comedy crown for too long.” Ullman, now 55, was recently seen alongside Meryl Streep and James Corden in film musical Into the Woods. No word yet on whether or not the show will be available in the US.