It was originally produced by Two Brothers Pictures for digital network BBC Three in a co-production contract with Amazon Studios. Waller-Bridge stars as a free-spirited as well as likewise sexually energised yet crazy as well as likewise frustrated lady in London. Sian Clifford as well as likewise Olivia Colman likewise star, while Andrew Scott joined the stars in the second collection. The protagonist routinely harms the fourth wall surface area to provide a discussion, indoor talks, as well as likewise a running discussion to the target audience. While she is normally referred to as “Fleabag” in evaluations and also discourse (including this review), after the program itself, she is never ever before supplied a name on electronic camera.
The reveal premiered on 21 July 2016 and also finished its second and also last series on 8 April 2019. It received widespread acclaim from critics, particularly for its writing, acting, and also the uniqueness and personality of the title character. Waller-Bridge won the British Academy Television Award for Best Female Comedy Performance for the first series. The Second collection got 11 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and also won six, with Waller-Bridge earning Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress, and also Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series; additional acting nominations were received by Clifford, Colman, and guest stars Fiona Shaw and Kristin Scott Thomas. The series received the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series and Best Actress for Waller-Bridge, and a nomination for Scott.
The show is adapted from Waller-Bridge's 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe one-woman play of the same name which won a Fringe First Award. The initial idea of the personality of Fleabag came from a challenge by a friend, where Waller-Bridge was given the task of creating a sketch for a 10-minute section in a stand-up storytelling night.
- Phoebe Waller-Bridge as “Fleabag”
- Sian Clifford as Claire, Fleabag's sister
- Olivia Colman as Fleabag's and Claire's godmother, who is now in a relationship with their father
- Bill Paterson as Fleabag's father
- Brett Gelman as Martin, Claire's American husband
- Hugh Skinner as Harry, Fleabag's ex-boyfriend
- Hugh Dennis as “Bank Manager”, approached by Fleabag for a loan
- Ben Aldridge as “Arsehole Guy”, one of Fleabag's love interests
- Jamie Demetriou as “Bus Rodent”, one of Fleabag's love interests (collection 1)
- Jenny Rainsford as Boo, Fleabag's deceased best friend/business partner
- Andrew Scott as the Priest, with whom Fleabag falls in love (series 2)
- Fiona Shaw as Fleabag's counsellor (series 2)
- Kristin Scott Thomas as Belinda, a successful businesswoman who meets Fleabag at an awards ceremony presented by Claire (series 2)
- Ray Fearon as “Hot Misogynist”, who serves as Fleabag's lawyer and one of her love interests (series 2)
- Angus Imrie as Jake, Martin's teenage son and Claire's creepy step-son
- Christian Hillborg as Klare, Claire's Finnish business partner and love interest (series 2)
- Jo Martin as Pam, who works at The Priest's church (series 2)
Distribution and broadcast
BBC Three was the original broadcast channel for the show with a repeat run broadcast on BBC Two between 21 August and 25 September 2016. The second collection was broadcast on BBC One at the same time as being released on BBC Three, by this time only available online.
It was picked up by the on-demand Amazon Prime Video (formerly Amazon Video) service and also also premiered in the United States on 16 September 2016. Fleabag is also available on IFC in the US. In the Netherlands, it was picked up by Net5.
The program has been remade for French television by Jeanne Herry. Titled Mouche (French for ‘fly', the insect), it started airing on 3 June 2019 on pay network Canal+. Mouche is a close remake, though installed in Paris with Camille Cottin in the starring function.