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BBC America Commissions First Scripted Comedy Series

BBC America will add scripted shows to its original programming lineup this June with  the premiere of Almost Royal, the network announced Tuesday.

The series, which follows the lives of two young British aristocrats on their first trip to the U.S, will debut on June 21 following the season two finale of its popular drama series Orphan Black, said network officials. Clive Tulloh (Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man, The Dame Edna Treatment, High Spirits with Shirley Ghostman) will serve as executive producer of the series, which will star Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart.

While Almost Royal is the first original scripted comedy for BBC America, the network has offered other acquired British-based comedies including Absolutely Fabulous, Twenty Twelve, The Inbetweeners, The Thick Of It and The Office.