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Hugh Bonneville and Karen Gillan to star in Steven Moffat's new ITV drama Douglas Is Cancelled

Hugh Bonneville and Karen Gillan to star in Steven Moffat's new ITV drama Douglas Is Cancelled credit:Bang Showbiz
Hugh Bonneville and Karen Gillan to star in Steven Moffat's new ITV drama Douglas Is Cancelled credit:Bang Showbiz

Hugh Bonneville and Karen Gillan are to star in a new four-part ITV comedy drama 'Douglas Is Cancelled'.

The 'Downton Abbey' actor will portray titular character Douglas Bellowes, a respected current affairs news anchor, in the cancel culture drama which is set in a world of TV news.

Ex-'Doctor Who' star Karen will appear as Douglas' sharper, savvier co-anchor, Madeline, in the programme, which has been written and will be executive produced by Steven Moffat.

The drama will tell the story of national treasure Douglas, who makes an ill-advised joke at his cousin's wedding, which is overheard by a fellow guest who threatens to expose his comments on social media.

It results in a digital storm, which sees Douglas' alleged indiscretion dissected, and everyone has an opinion on the controversy.

Karen said: "To torment a man, let alone a man named Douglas, for four episodes - armed with the writing of Steven Moffat - is a great privilege that I’m going to enjoy every minute of."

Steven added: "I just sat down and wrote this - didn’t even tell anyone what I was doing.

"And now it’s all happening, thanks to the amazing Sue Vertue (renowned tv producer and in a rare moment of weakness, my wife).

"I can’t quite believe we’ve managed to get the mighty Hugh Bonneville involved as Douglas and that we’ve lured my old friend Karen Gillan back from Hollywood, to play Madeline.

"And like that’s not enough, we’ve got Ben Miles, Alex Kingston, Nick Mohammed and Simon Russell Beale. It’s the kind of cast that makes you terrified about stepping into the room."

Ben Miles, Alex Kingston, Simon Russell Beale, and 'Ted Lasso' actor Nick Mohammed will also star in the drama, which will begin filming in London.