Aside from the obvious much more important reasoning of ‘flattening the curve’ and ‘slowing the spread of the virus’, if anything good has come from the last 2-3 months of the mandated ‘sheltering at home’ lockdown, it’s the steady flow of creativity from the creative world, which has been nothing short of brilliant.
The most recent example involves Good Omens stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen who are set to unite in new lockdown comedy Staged for BBC One. The show will see the two acting greats play actors who are furloughed when their upcoming West End production is suddenly brought to a halt. The six-part series follows the cast as they try their best to keep the rehearsals on track in lockdown.
In addition to Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) and Sheen (Masters of Sex), Staged will also feature Killing Eve’s Nina Sosanya, with more guest stars to be confirmed. And, the fact that the studio is now the living rooms and/or kitchens of the Good Omens stars, viewers will have the added avantage of seeing the talents of Georgia Tennant (Doctor Who star and David Tennant’s wife) and Swedish TV presenter Anna Lundberg (Micahel Sheen’s partner).
— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) May 22, 2020
While assuring everyone that the series will be shot in compliance with social distancing guidelines using a combination of self-shooting and video conferencing technology, the BBC said viewers can expect a show “absurd and humorous in equal measure”, as it “takes on the challenges of creating a drama in lockdown, on stage and off”.
Staged is based on an original idea by comedian Simon Evans and producer Phin Glynn. Evans will write the series and will be produced by Glynn, Victor Glynn and Georgia Tennant. David Tennant and Michael Sheen will serve as executive producers of the series.
Staged will premiere in June on BBCOne. Let’s hope is makes its way to the U.S. not long after….since we’re in lockdown, you know, and need things to binge view!