Tracey Ullman’s Show

Tracey Ullman as Angela Merkel

It was a bit of a surprise to see Tracey Ullman back on British TV with her own show after so many years in the US and this series has had its moments with some superbly iconoclastic send ups including Dame Maggie Smith, German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Admittedly it feels a little scattergun at times but the joie de vivre Ullman brings to proceedings more than make up for any shortcomings. Tonight, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, gets the Ullman treatment as she has to look after Princess Charlotte for the day. But Camilla is better with boys – they just need food and exercise.

The show is kind of like Little Britain but with more impersonation of familiar characters. Ullman takes our fondness for celebrity and gives it a bit of a shake. Also among the targets tonight are Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch who pose for a family photo, the dance troupe from Top of the Pops who are reunited after 40 years, and the lovably anti-social Dame Judi who is receiving the first award at the start of a long award ceremony. Warning, Dame Judi doesn’t do small talk, darling!

Tracey Ullman’s Show Friday 9.00pm on BBC1

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