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BBC One announces new comedy Staged starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen

Good Housekeeping UK logo Good Housekeeping UK 22/05/2020 Megan Sutton

Michael Sheen (left) and David Tennant attending the premiere of Good Omens at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, central London. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images) © Getty Michael Sheen (left) and David Tennant attending the premiere of Good Omens at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square, central London. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images) BBC One has announced a new six-part comedy series called Staged starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen, about a group of actors who are furloughed.

It's not the first time the popular actors have worked together, having both starred in Good Omens on Amazon Prime and now they're reprising their on-screen relationship for the BBC lockdown-themed comedy.

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Staged: What's it about and who's in it?

The six 15-minute episodes are centred on the cast of a play - the cream of the crop of British acting talent - who are furloughed when their upcoming West End production is suddenly brought to a halt. The series follows the cast as they try their best to keep the rehearsals on track in lockdown.

"Absurd and humorous in equal measure, Staged takes on the challenges of creating a drama in lockdown, on stage and off, with a line-up including Georgia Tennant (David's wife), Lucy Eaton and Anna Lundberg (Michael's partner). The show will also have a selection of guest stars including Nina Sosanya, with more to be confirmed in due course," the BBC said of the new show.

David Tennant, Michael Sheen looking at the camera: BBC One announces 'Staged' - a new comedy starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen about a group of actors who are furloughed. Here's what you need to know... © BBC BBC One announces 'Staged' - a new comedy starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen about a group of actors who are furloughed. Here's what you need to know... Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content said: “It’s so important that the BBC provides moments of humour and light relief and this mischievous idea shows what great sports Michael and David are.”

The Staged production team are following the latest government guidelines on Covid-19 to ensure that the series is made safely and responsibly, using a combination of self-shooting and video conferencing technology, all in accordance with the latest protocols, the BBC said. 

Staged: When's it on TV?

The series will air in June 2020 on BBC One and will be available as a box set on BBC iPlayer after transmission.

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