Apple and BBC Co-Producing Comedy Series Starring Imelda Staunton From Harry Potter

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Apple is teaming up with the BBC to co-produce an eight-part comedy-drama series with a working title of "Alabama," according to a report from British comedy website Chortle highlighted by Engadget.

Imelda Staunton

Written by former stand-up Andy Wolton, the show will reportedly star Imelda Staunton, who is best known for her performance in the British comedy television series "Up the Garden Path" and for playing Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter movies "Order of the Phoenix" and part one of "Deathly Hallows."

The series is reportedly in production and is slated to air worldwide next year on Apple's upcoming streaming video service, Apple TV+. Apple and BBC declined to comment on the series, and plot details have yet to be revealed.


Apple TV+ will feature dozens of original TV shows and movies with stars such as Steve Carell, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Oprah Winfrey. The service is set to launch in over 100 countries in the fall within the Apple TV app on the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, and Mac.

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No, it's not a binary choice for Apple, far from it. Services are an important part of their incredible ecosystem, but they are also accelerating their hardware and software development which are the largest part of the over $1BILLION a month they are putting into Research and Development.
 
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No, it's about a huge recurring revenue service play by the company about which this blog is written.
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No, it's not a binary choice for Apple, far from it. Services are an important part of their incredible ecosystem, but they are accelerating their hardware and software releases, which are the largest part of the over $1BILLION a month they are putting into Research and Development.
Would that somehow make you need to buy a laptop from them more frequently? Exactly what would be gained by accelerating their hardware and software releases" aside from diluting the offerings? People will not suddenly be excited if there are wild major changes to the platform coming out every 6 months, and it would be a nightmare for any enterprise.
 

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I assume this will be shown here in the UK on the BBC as they're using our license fee money to part pay for this production.
I'm no expert on the matter but this may not be the case. BBC Studios is the commercial arm of the BBC and don't believe it's funded by license fee revenue. However I understand any profits are reinvested back into the BBC alongside the license fee income. BBC Studios as a company is relatively new but is already creating content for the likes of ITV, Channel 4 etc
 

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I like Imelda Staunton. She was also in Disney's Maleficent and did voice work in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, Nick Park's Chicken Run, and most recently the Paddington movies.
 
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The comment about Apple being an expensive YouTube channel is somewhat accurate. I like Amazon Prime. Netflix is getting worse, plus they are getting rid of the libraries of movies they used to have and focusing on mostly garbage (some good shows, but not enough).

There is a content war going on. Apple - if they were smart - would buy out a studio and their library, but that was if they were smart.
 

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British TV isn't great. It's actually AMAZING.

I find myself routinely enjoying British whodunnits and dramas, and find them superior to most US TV (often on par with HBO).
So far I have only seen a few episodes of The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher via Amazon Prime. Have you seen that series? I tend to watch tv and movies only on long car rides so I don’t have an extensive knowledge of what’s out there. I am looking for something similar to that show in terms of the level of focus on solving the mysteries with minimal depiction of violence and sex and nudity, meaning not much shown on screen, at least. I prefer the mystery and cerebral aspect of the crime solving vs actually seeing the crimes being committed and/or watching people act out their sex lives.

What are some of your favorite shows?

Oh and have you ever seen a British drama where people in town were focused on who stole some bees? I was in the hospital when I caught one episode and never got the name of the show or any of the actors in it and it’s driving me nuts trying to find it again.
 

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I'm no expert on the matter but this may not be the case. BBC Studios is the commercial arm of the BBC and don't believe it's funded by license fee revenue. However I understand any profits are reinvested back into the BBC alongside the license fee income. BBC Studios as a company is relatively new but is already creating content for the likes of ITV, Channel 4 etc
oh well
 
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