Sky Living’s newest original series Doll & Em, which hails from the likes of Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom) and Dolly Wells (Some Girls), will premiere on Tuesday February 18th at 10pm, it has been announced. The series’ first episode will also be available online via Sky Go from Tuesday February 11th at 10pm, one week ahead of its linear broadcast.
Created by and starring Dolly Wells & Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom), Doll & Em is a new six episode semi-improvised comedy series which looks at what happens when your best friend becomes a Hollywood star and you find yourself employed as their personal assistant. The series follows Em (Emily Mortimer), a successful actress starring in a Hollywood movie, who invites Doll (Dolly Wells) to Los Angeles to become her personal assistant after breaking up with her boyfriend, as a way for Doll to find the financial and emotional independence she is in need of. But soon after arriving, the line between life and work becomes increasingly blurred, until each one is no longer sure of the other’s motivation. The comedy series is produced by King Bee Productions with Lucy Lumsden serving as the executive producer. The director and co-writer is Azazel Jacobs.
Doll & Em is the latest original series for Sky Living, who have been ramping up the number of British shows they produce in recent years. The series, which was shot in London and Los Angeles, enjoyed a critically acclaimed premiere at the 2013 London Film Festival and has been acquired for US broadcast by HBO, one of the world’s leading producers of premium TV content. The six part comedy is part of BSkyB’s stated aim of investing £600 million per year in home-grown commissions by 2014. To that end, Sky Living also has two new comedy series on tap for 2014: Give Out Girls, a comedy about a gang of four girls (and a couple of guys) who work in the world of ‘promotions’; and Trying Again, a series about what happen to a couple following an extra-marital affair.