Douglas is Cancelled star Karen Gillan says she's ‘totally honoured’ to work with Dr Who's Steven Moffat again

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27 Jun 2024, 12:29

Karen Gillan, and withStephen Moffat

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Karen Gillan is teaming up with Dr Who writer Steven Moffat for new comedy-drama, Douglas is Cancelled.

The new ITV four-parter premieres tonight (27th June) at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX. It follows a national treasure who makes an ill-advised joke at his cousin's wedding, overheard by a fellow guest, who threatens to expose his comments on social media.

Douglas is Cancelled is written by Moffat, who is best known for his work as the head writer of the 2005 revival of Doctor Who. “He wrote Doctor Who while I was on it, so he gave me my first big job in the world,” Karen said when she joined the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with webuyanycar. “He's just the most talented writer. And these scripts are just brilliantly written.”



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Speaking about how Moffat came up with the show, the Guardians of the Galaxy actor said: “He actually wrote it as a play originally, and I had heard that he'd written a play, and I just asked him if I could read it. And he was like, ‘Okay’. And then I read it, and I was like, ‘You should turn this into a film’. And it was before The Morning Show or Bombshell, really similar sort of subject matters. 

“So I was on this campaign to get him to get it on the screen somehow. And then he turned around, and he was like, ‘Actually, we're going to make it a four part series for ITV. And would you like to play Madeline?’ And I wasn't even gunning for the role. I just wanted to see it made, and I was totally honoured to do it.’”

The series also stars Hugh Bonneville as respected news presenter, Douglas Bellowes, with Karen playing his co-anchor, Madeline Crow. “He's such a brilliant actor, and so perfect for this role,” she said of Paddington star Hugh. “He's just so funny and charming and all the things you want him to be.”

Douglas is Cancelled features another Doctor Who star, Alex Kingston, as Douglas’ wife Sheila, along with Madeleine Power as their daughter Claudia, and Ben Miles as producer Toby Patterson. Ted Lasso’s Nick Mohammed plays writer Morgan, and Simon Russell Beale is Douglas’ agent, Bently Cassock. 

Regarding the latter, Karen said: “He is a useless agent, who's not very good at his job and is always trying to poach my character as a client, and is probably willing to throw Douglas under the bus at the first sniff of anything offensive, or anything like that.”

Karen said: “I just hope that people watch it, because there's some really interesting conversations that I think will come out of it after you watch it.”

The next three episodes will air weekly, at the same time, on ITV1. But all four episodes will be available to stream on ITVX straight away. 

Speaking about the general state of TV and streaming at the moment, the actor told Chris: “It just feels really fragmented now. I remember the days when everybody used to watch the same things, and now I've never heard of some of the most popular Netflix shows that certain demographics are watching. 

“Society just feels so much more fragmented, and then you've got on top of that all the content from social media and TikTok, and that's how the younger demographic are consuming their entertainment. So it just feels like a totally different landscape.”

Douglas Is Cancelled begins Thursday 27th June at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX.