The coronavirus lockdowns have led to some innovative entertainment decisions. Celebrities are performing online concerts, doing music battles, making fun videos, and sending encouraging messages to their fans. Now, Good Omens stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen are leading a new BBC comedy miniseries based on the current pandemic. According to Deadline, Staged will follow a fictional cast from a West End theater production. The actors are all thrown for a loop when they are furloughed due to the coronavirus. Their effort to maintain rehearsals will be weird, funny, and probably very entertaining.
The Infinity Hill and GCB Films-produced series will also feature Georgia Tennant, Lucy Eaton, and Anna Lundberg. Doctor Who fans have seen David and Georgia Tennant collaborate prior to their marriage. She made a guest appearance in “The Doctor’s Daughter” as Jenny, the cloned daughter of Tennant’s Tenth Doctor. So their Staged collaboration will surely lead to some laughs from Whovians.
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Staged is set to premiere in June on BBC One and as a box-set on iPlayer. The six-episode series will adhere to social distancing guidelines to keep everyone as safe as possible. It’s not clear how far they have gotten into production but BBC is giving fans a taste of the cheeky humor with a teaser. The clip features David Tennant and Michael Sheen chatting about how to approach homeschool. Of course, the same chemistry and wit that they have as Aziraphale and Crowley shines through in the snippet.
BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore spoke to Deadline about bringing some humorous relief to an uncertain and often scary time. Here’s what she had to say:
“It’s so important that the BBC provides moments of humor and light relief and this mischievous idea shows what great sports Michael and David are.”
Staged may not be available in the U.S., but surely fans will spread clips—and laughter—on YouTube for everyone to eventually enjoy. And its hard to not have fun when David Tennant and Michael Sheen are together.
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