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Watch: Netflix unveils trailer for Katherine Ryan’s The Duchess

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“My family are all dead… to me, so when Olive was born I was all alone. Now we have each other.” That’s the sound of Katherine Ryan heading to Netflix for new series The Duchess.

Fresh off her Netflix special “In Trouble”, the comic pitched the streamer an idea based on her life as a fabulous single mom living in London. Season 1 follows Katherine as she debates whether she should have a second child with her estranged and troubled baby daddy. Think Catastrophe meets Motherland, and then start thinking about putting 11th September in your diary, when the show premieres worldwide.

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Katherine Ryan’s The Duchess arrives on Netflix this September

15th August 2020

Katherine Ryan’s The Duchess will officially arrive on Netflix this September.

Ryan will Executive Produce, write and star in her debut scripted series, which follows the powerful and problematic choices of a fashionably disruptive single mom living in London. Her daughter, Olive, is her greatest love so she debates a second child with her greatest enemy – Olive’s dad. Can two wrongs make another right?

Dave Becky and Josh Lieberman will exec-produce for 3Arts, alongside Murray Ferguson, Petra Fried, and Ed Macdonald for Clerkenwell Films (The End of the F***ing World). Here’s the artwork for the show:

The Duchess: Netflix officially announces Katherine Ryan series

8th November 2018

Earlier this year, comedian Katherine Ryan revealed that she was working on a new scripted comedy for Netflix. Now, we’ve got out first details about the series, as the streaming giant officially announces the project.

Called The Duchess, the series follows the powerful and problematic choices of a fashionably disruptive single mom living in London. Her daughter, Olive, is her greatest love, so she debates a second child with her greatest enemy: Olive’s dad. Can two wrongs make another right?

The British-based actress and comedian will write and star in the series, which marks her scripted comedy debut. She will also exec-produce alongside Dave Becky & Josh Lieberman for 3Arts, and Murray Ferguson, Petra Fried, and Ed Macdonald for Clerkenwell Films (The End of the F***ing World).

Netflix has commissioned six half-hour episodes for the show’s first season.

The project is a reunion for Ryan and Netflix, after she recorded a stand-up special (Katherine In Trouble) for the streaming service. Ryan isn’t walking away from the stand-up mic, though: as well as The Duchess, she will also return to Netflix for another special, bringing her sold out 2018 UK tour show Glitter Room to Netflix.

The hour-long special had an unprecedented four-week run at London’s Garrick Theatre in the West End this year, and will be filmed at The Belasco Theater in Los Angeles on 11th December, before launching globally in 2019.

Katherine Ryan working on scripted Netflix comedy

16th January 2018

Katherine Ryan is working a new scripted comedy for Netflix.

The comedian, who will be recognised by many from her frequent appearances on traditional TV, is no stranger to the streaming world, with her special Trouble snapped up by Netflix last year. Now, she is following that up with another work in progress.

“I have a project with Netflix,” she revealed in an interview with Digital Spy. “I’m doing a scripted project for them right now. You never know until you see it on the screen whether or not it’s definitely going to be made or not, but it’s being written.”

Ryan is no stranger to scripted comedy either: she previously wrote and starred in Katherine Ryan in Ireland, a short film for Sky Arts, and said that scripted comedy is “definitely” something she wants to pursue.

“If this one doesn’t end up getting made, I’ll write another one. I really am grateful to have my special streaming on Netflix, and I hope that it goes that way,” she added.

“Comedians just want to tell their story in any way that they can. But who knows? I’m a pretty bad actress when I’m playing anyone but myself.”

Her project comes at a time when Netflix is increasingly investing in comedy – not just scripted series, but also stand-up shows. Ryan added that the current state of the world is perfect for stand-up comedy

“To say something in stand-up comedy, live in a room, really is very freeing. Something happens in the news, and you’re able to get on stage and talk about it that evening. So I think there’s been no better time for stand-up comedy,” she commented.

Katherine Ryan records stand-up special for Netflix

20th January 2017

Katherine Ryan has become the second British comedian to record a stand-up special for Netflix.

The streaming giant is increasingly building its library of exclusive and original stand-up shows. In recent months, the names on its roster have become even more impressive, with new deals for three Dave Chapelle shows, a special from Chris Rock, another from Amy Schumer and even a show from Jerry Seinfeld.

But Netflix is also signing up a growing number of comedians from outside of the US. For Brits, that began with Jimmy Carr, who became the first UK comedian to have a special released worldwide on the site last year. Now, Katherine Ryan is following suit.

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