Ambassadors: New Mitchell and Webb BBC2 Comedy Drama Series

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Ambassadors stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb – Image Credit: BBC/Big Talk. Photographer: Colin Hutton. Image Copyright: Big Talk

David Mitchell and comedy partner Robert Webb will be returning to BBC Two soon with their new diplomat themed comedy drama, Ambassadors. The series will be set in the British embassy of Tazbekistan, a fictional former Soviet Republic.

There Mitchell will play Keith Davies, the recently appointed Ambassador who is both new to the job, and the country. At his side will be Webb, playing the role of Neil Tilly, the more experienced and acclimatized Deputy Head of Mission.

The show will see Davis, Tilly and the rest of their diplomatic team fight to balance the embassies conflicting tasks and objectives. While attempting to portray a positive image of Britain to the Tazbekistan population, the team must also work to get their foot in the door of this oil rich country on behalf of UK business.

Ambassadors is written by Rupert Walters and James Wood. The BBC has now announced the three part series will begin airing at 9:00 PM on 23 October, 2013 on BBC2. Earlier than we originally anticipated.

In the meantime to help get you in the mood, here’s the classic ‘Brain Surgeon’ sketch from the BBC’s ‘That Mitchell and Webb Look’ series:

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  12 comments for “Ambassadors: New Mitchell and Webb BBC2 Comedy Drama Series

  1. Merlin
    October 14, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Did the Foreign and Commonwealth Office cooperate with this production and, if so, why? To cooperate with the lampooning one of their own ambassadors? How strange!

    Any chance that that ambassador is Craig Murray, who denounced FCO collusion with Islam Karimov, the Uzbekistan dictator fond of boiling his opponents alive?

  2. Mike
    October 12, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Wow!! just cant believe the trailer for this.. David Mitchel is sooo a shoe-in for Craig Murray (former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan), looks like this “humorous and fictional account” is just exactly like the factual and distressing account of Craig Murray Former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan. Even down to the dissident being boiled alive! which equally fine comedic actor can they possibly have- I do so hope it will be played by Michael Macintyre, and who for the scenes with Jack Straw, as he lies about HMG obtaining “intelligence” obtained by torture- maybe have Nick Hewer!!. Did they really write this or simply cut’n’past from “Murder in Samarkand-A British Ambassador’s Contreversial Defiance of Tyranny in the War on Terror”, a factual account of Craig Murray Ambassador to Uzbekistan. Wowzzer-Way To Go Boys!!!.

  3. Klaas
    October 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Mitchell and Webb: the only comedy duo with two straight men.

  4. ingo
    October 11, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    So Mitchell and Webb have the support of the FCO, how quaint, did they buy the rights to Murder in Samarkand? After watching the trailer, the two are obviously related and yes, I read the book and have listened to Hare’s excellent radio adaption of this harrowing time under Jack Straws justice, his blind eye to torture and rendition. But will these two slick hyster comedians manage to make this point?

  5. Green Robbo
    October 11, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    The hilarious adventures of a pair of comedians in an excruciatingly amusing Central Asian dictatorship, complete with guffaw-making goats (illustrated). I hope we can see ‘live’ shots of someone who isn’t quite Islam Karimov boiling an opponent to death! That would be fun! Good to see the FCO has put aside its embarrassing concern for human rights, just as it did in Craig Murray’s excellent and non-fictional book, ‘Murder in Samarkand’

  6. Tenny
    October 10, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Heard that the FCO have been consulted and given their blessing to this … strange, considering that they, in no way, own the copyright to the original material. Craig Murray does and you’re infringing his copyright. Couldn’t you find yourself in court for that? Wasting taxpayer’s money again.

  7. jeffrey
    October 10, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    woah isnt this suspiciously like murder in samarkand,id like to hear david mitchells opinion he has one on every other thing!

  8. mike cobley
    October 10, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    seems that Big Talk is infringing Craig Murray’s copyrighted material – if BTalk is stealing someone’s elses work, this might not pan out happily in the long run.

  9. lwtc247
    October 10, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Will it include the bit where the UK government defamation against Ambassador Craig Murray were proved false?

  10. EscalanteKid
    October 10, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    This is straight out of Craig Murray’s ‘Murder in Samarkand’. Surely there must be a legal requirement for this to be acknowledged . . ?? Or are the BBC ‘too big to be sued’??

  11. Dave
    October 10, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Yes this does sound EXACTLY like Craig Murray’s book, how are they getting away with this BLATANT plagiarism????

  12. Paul Cochrane
    October 10, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Great! Really looking forward to a TV show based on Craig Murray’s Murder in Samarkand, should be brilliant!

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