Press release from Seeso, Dec. 14, 2016:
Seeso is kicking off 2017 with additions from some of the best of British comedy to the streaming service. BBC acquisitions include Saxondale,” “Bottom,” “The Blackadder,” “Upstart Crow” And “Live From The BBC,” and will roll out throughout the first quarter. Additionally the feature film “The Darkest Universe,” a strange, ambitious second feature film from Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley, the BAFTA nominated directors of “Black Pond” is set to debut March 9.
More details on the British additions are following:
SAXONDALE – Seasons 1-2 (Premieres January 5)
STEVE COOGAN is back with another hysterically funny comic creation. Tom Saxondale has been through the rock and roll mill and lived to tell the tale. He plays fast and loose, shoots from the hip, and tells no lies – he’s a true maverick. Tom never took the corporate dollar. He doesn’t work for ‘the man’; he’s his own man. These and other moth-eaten cliches are how Tom would describe himself. But when Tom removes his rose-tinted Aviator shades, he can’t deny a few basic facts; he was a middle-ranking roadie for 20 years, but for the past ten years he has been at the cutting edge of the pest control industry… in Hertfordshire.
BOTTOM – Seasons 1-3 (Premieres January 5)
There’s a rumbling in the basement, a rumpus in the offing and a foul smell in the air… Infesting a squalid flat in a seedy part of London, Richie and Eddie belch, curse and smash their way through crisis and boredom alike in an orgy of destruction. Each episode sees RIK MAYALL and ADRIAN EDMONSON spin into a whirlwind of slapstick, farce and abuse. Truly the wild boys of comedy, they dispatch expletives like bullets, confronting every volatile situation with the force and momentum of an express train.
BLACKADDER – Seasons 1-4 (Premieres January 19)
The Blackadder saga begins with a medieval tale of disaster and drollery. In season one of this classic comedy starring ROWAN ATKINSON and TONY ROBINSON, Edmund, Duke of Edinburgh, is the slimy and much-despised younger son of King Richard IV. Haunted by his uncle Richard III whom he killed by mistake, he lurks in the castle corridors of power, scheming to get the better of his splendid elder brother, Harry.
UPSTART CROW (Premieres January 19)
It’s 1592 and Will Shakespeare is at the beginning of his career. His early work is looked down on by the literary establishment, and he’s not taken seriously at home. Follow the Bard’s fictional early life and the rather surprising stories about where his best ideas came from. Starring DAVID MITCHELL as Will Shakespeare.
LIVE FROM THE BBC (Premieres February 16)
Filmed live from the BBC’s iconic Radio Theatre, this stand-up A1:Z7 presents the most distinctive comic voices from around the world. The award-winning international cast has been taking the world’s biggest comedy festivals by storm. Acts include: Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning New Yorker ALEX EDELMAN; multi-award winning Australian FELICITY WARD; four-time Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominee JAMES ACASTER; and many more up-and-coming stars.
THE DARKEST UNIVERSE (Premieres March 9)
An epic, deeply human tale of love, grief and alienation, The Darkest Universe is the strange, ambitious second feature film from Will Sharpe and Tom Kingsley, the BAFTA nominated directors of Black Pond. With a kaleidoscopic narrative structure, bold cinematography and the occasional UFO, The Darkest Universe is a comedy psychodrama that mixes grungy phone footage with the trippy science fiction imagery of parallel universes and the dark earthly aesthetic of the British waterways – an eccentric and heartfelt film that is ultimately about the stories we must tell ourselves to get by.
These additions round out Seeso’s curated library of classic and new British comedy, including original series and critical darling “Flowers” starring Olivia Colman and Julian Barratt, as well as acquisitions such as “The IT Crowd,” “The Mighty Boosh,” “Garth Marenghi’s Dark Place,” “Nathan Barley,” “A Bit Of Fry and Laurie,” as well as all of the entire Alan Partridge cannon. Additionally, Seeso is the exclusive streaming home to “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” remastered to HD for the first time, along with the Python films, and the complete collection of Python documentaries and specials.
Seeso is the premier, ad-free comedy streaming video-on-demand channel from NBCUniversal’s Digital Enterprises. The channel gives comedy viewers access to over 2,000 hours of original programming, with new, original content rolling out daily. Subscribers are able to access the curated library for $3.99 a month via www.seeso.com, iOS, Android, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick as well as Amazon Instant Video.