Apple and the BBC are engaged on their first comedy co-production, a present starring Imelda Staunton, in all probability finest recognized to People as Dolores Umbridge within the “Harry Potter” films.
The present, tentatively referred to as “Alabama,” is an eight-part sequence additionally that includes Darren Boyd and Phil Davis, Chortle stated. Manufacturing is already underway, with director Jim O’Hanlon, author Andy Wolton, and producer Chris Sussman, the comedy chief at BBC Studios.
The sequence will premiere on Apple TV+, however solely someday in 2020, Chortle famous.
That might make it one of many first confirmed “second-wave” Apple TV+ reveals. The first wave ought to embody initiatives from names like Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Oprah Winfrey, and Ron Moore.
One other BBC co-production is “Prehistoric Planet,” a documentary sequence produced by BBC Studios’ Pure Historical past Unit with the assistance of Jon Favreau and “Planet Earth II” producer Mike Gunton. That present will depict Earth because it was 66 million years in the past, shortly earlier than dinosaurs went extinct.
Apple will seemingly reveal plans, pricing, and extra concrete programming at a fall press occasion.