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Wednesday 5 June 2024

First Look: ITV Unveils Trailer and Image for New Comedy Drama 'Douglas Is Cancelled'

Douglas Is Cancelled

Image: ITV Press

By Jon Donnis

This morning, ITV generated a buzz in the entertainment world by releasing the first-look trailer and official image for their upcoming four-part comedy drama, "Douglas Is Cancelled." The series promises to be a timely exploration of cancel culture within the high-stakes environment of television news, brought to life by an ensemble cast of renowned actors.

"Douglas Is Cancelled" follows the story of Douglas Bellowes, portrayed by the versatile Hugh Bonneville, a beloved national news presenter whose career takes a dramatic turn after he tells a sexist joke at a wedding. The narrative delves into the fallout from this moment, examining whether Douglas's career can withstand the scandal and questioning where loyalties lie both at home and in the office.

The cast features an impressive lineup, including Karen Gillan, known for her roles in "Doctor Who" and "Guardians of the Galaxy," Ben Miles, celebrated for his performances in "The Crown" and "V for Vendetta," and Alex Kingston, widely recognized for her work in "ER" and "Doctor Who." Also starring are Nick Mohammed of "Ted Lasso" fame and Simon Russell Beale, an acclaimed actor with an extensive career in theatre and film.

The series is penned by Steven Moffat, a Primetime Emmy and BAFTA-winning screenwriter, whose previous works include "Sherlock" and "Doctor Who." Moffat's sharp wit and insightful storytelling are expected to bring a unique and engaging perspective to the contentious issue of cancel culture.

The newly released trailer offers a tantalizing glimpse into the show's blend of humor and drama, showcasing moments of tension and satire that reflect the complexities of modern media and societal expectations. The official image further hint at the dynamic interactions and character conflicts that will drive the series.

"Douglas Is Cancelled" is set to provide a thought-provoking look at the repercussions of a single moment of indiscretion in the digital age. As Douglas navigates the turbulent waters of public opinion and media scrutiny, viewers will be invited to consider broader questions about forgiveness, accountability, and the power dynamics in the world of television news.

With its stellar cast, esteemed writer, and timely subject matter, "Douglas Is Cancelled" is poised to be a standout series in ITV's lineup. The premiere date has yet to be announced, but anticipation is already building for what promises to be a must-watch drama.

Stay tuned for more updates on "Douglas Is Cancelled" as its release approaches, and prepare to join the conversation about one man's journey through the complexities of cancel culture.

Douglas Is Cancelled will air later this month on ITV1 and ITVX 

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