Georgie and Poppy Carlton are heirs to Caunty Manor, a large country estate in Norfolk, England, where they have enjoyed privileged lives as distant descendants of the British Royal Family. They have agreed to have a camera crew follow them on an unofficial royal tour of the greatest country on earth – the United States of America. On an eye-opening expedition that brings them face-to-face with the people of Los Angeles, Boston, Texas, New York, Nashville, Detroit and Washington, D.C. In fact, it was their father’s dying wish that his children visit America, a country he loved dearly. As well as commemorating their late father, Lord Carlton, the road trip will provide the sheltered siblings with an opportunity to spread their wings and see the world. Georgie and Poppy have never worked a day in their lives, driven themselves anywhere or solved any problem more complex than telling their butler to tell their cook what they want for lunch.
The series is produced by Burning Bright Productions with Clive Tulloh (Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man, The Dame Edna Treatment) as executive producer and Seamus Murphy-Mitchell (Bug, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross) as series producer. BBC AMERICA’s slate of British comedies has included Absolutely Fabulous, Twenty Twelve, The Inbetweeners, The Thick of It and The Office.
Almost Royal is a BBC AMERICA original series produced by Burning Bright Productions and distributed by BBC Worldwide.
Almost Royal is due to TX on E4 this August.
Here siblings Georgie and Poppy Carlton give us a peek into their polished perspective…
What are your favourite qualities in a man/woman?
Poppy: I really like rich men, they’ve got so much less to prove. And such nice cars. I’d only go out with a poor person if he was pretending, such as for a film or to get their inheritance.
Georgie: Trustworthy, large hands, a low centre of gravity. I’m not terribly fussy. Any woman who will have me, really.
Which living person do you most admire?
G: That’s a tough one, I really admire Father you see, but he’s just ceased to be in the ‘living’ category, which is a real shame. Can I say The Rock?
Who are your heroes in real life?
P: My heroes are people who have achieved everything against the odds and are an inspiration to us all. I can’t think of any examples right now.
What is your greatest fear?
P: Getting ugly.
G: Poppy getting ugly. I’d be the only one of our family to leave the house.
What is your motto?
G: Ah, I know this one. It’s something in Latin. Venti Latte or something like that. Latin was never my strong suit at school.
P: Don’t be afraid to be yourself, if you like toffee yogurt, eat toffee yogurt. That’s what I always say.
Which living person do you most despise?
P: Do you know Tabitha?
G: I don’t really despise anyone so I’ll just say I don’t like chaps with bad manners. Or chaps who come around asking for Mummy, smelling of cologne. Or chaps who come around asking for Poppy, smelling of cologne.
What is it that you most dislike?
P: Do you know Tabitha?
G: People who criticize our country ways. And farmers.
What is your current state of mind?
P: Ready to seize the day. Or maybe go back to bed. So, contrary but open...
G: I’m quite hungry.
What is your most treasured possession?
P: Gosh, I’ve got so many. My handbag. It’s full of lovely things.
G: I think I’d have to say Father [gestures to urn]. Since he died, it’s been lovely to have him around all the time and I’ll be honest - he’s much more manageable like this.
How would you like to die?
P: I would like to live forever.
G: Eaten by my dogs.
GEORGIE CARLTON (Ed Gamble) is the most affable man one could meet. He’s using the trip around America as a way to become more “manly” in order to take on the responsibilities of Caunty Manor and live up to his father’s legacy.
POPPY CARLTON (Amy Hoggart) is looking forward to raising her profile on the trip around America. She has high hopes of finding fame as a pop star/actor/author/lifestyle-guru/cookery presenter. Poppy has all of the self-delusion required to find fame without having a scrap of talent.