Phoebe Waller-Bridge started off the week with the news that her comedy series “Fleabag” was renewed for a second season by the BBC; it streams stateside on Amazon. She then won two awards from the Royal Television Society for writing this well-received laffer and as the breakthrough personality of the year.
The multi-hyphenate talent stars in this adaptation of her one-woman show as the title character, a twentysomething facing an uncertain future after the death of her best friend and cafe co-owner Boo (Jenny Rainsford). Over the course of six episodes, we meet her circle of friends and family, including her ex-boyfriend Harry (Hugh Skinner) who continues to haunt her doorstep, her super-serious sister Claire (Sian Clifford) and her nameless absentee father and interfering stepmother (Bill Paterson and Olivia Colman).
At the prestigious RTS Awards, she claimed the comedy writing prize over the team that produced the critically acclaimed “Motherland” and the BAFTA-winning Stefan Golaszewski (“Him and Her”) for his follow-up “Mum.” And she was named breakthrough personality over “Great British Bake Off” champ Nadiya Hussain who revisited her native Bangladesh in the documentary “The Chronicles of Nadiya” and first-time filmmaker Phillip Wood for “Chasing Dad: A Lifelong Addiction.”
Waller-Bridge could well contend at the Emmys for her work both in front of and behind the camera on “Fleabag.” When it debuted on Amazon last fall, just two days before the 2016 Emmy Awards were held, critics lavished praise upon the show and hailed its originality. All of these raves translated into a perfect 100 at Rotten Tomatoes and an impressive 88 at MetaCritic.
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