Pure joy — that is, a pure, pure joy and, quite possibly, heaven — is the new comedy series, Staged. So funny. So so soooooo funny.

Deborah Ross – The Mail on Sunday (UK)

David Tennant and Michael Sheen (playing themselves) were due to star in a production of Six Characters in Search of an Author in the West End. The pandemic has put paid to that, but their director (Simon Evans – also playing himself) is determined not to let the opportunity pass him by. He knows how big a chance this is for him and turns his attention to cajoling his stars into rehearsing over the internet.

All they need to do is read the first scene, but throughout the series they come up against a multitude of oppositional forces: distraction, boredom, home-schooling and their own egos.

Created bySimon Evans Phin Glynn
Written bySimon Evans
Directed bySimon Evans
StarringMichael Sheen, David Tennant, Simon Evans, Georgia Tennant, Anna Lundberg, Lucy Eaton, Adrian Lester, Nina Sosanya, Samuel L. Jackson, Judi Dench
Composer(s)Alex Baranowski
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English

Acquired by BBC One in the UK, Hulu (US VOD), Shout! Studios (Home Entertainment and TV in North America), Netflix (UK secondary rights), ABC (Australian TV) and Huanxi Media Group (all rights in China).

Staged will no doubt be a hit, its bitesize-chunks formula winningly combined with Tennant and Sheen’s easy, witty banter and insights into lockdown life.

Flora Carr – Radio Times
Staged stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant the BAFTA TV Awards 2020 to announce the winner for Mini-Series.