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Almost Royal - (S02E08)


In the season finale, Poppy and Georgie Carlton immerse themselves in American holidays, learning about the lovely pre-Christmas event that is Thanksgiving by attending and giving a speech at a parade before making themselves at home with a host family who are kind enough to offer them dinner. They also attend Tu Bishvat, Groundhog Day and steal the show in an elaborate production of the Nativity. TV personality and fashion designer Whitney Port is on hand to help them through the festive maze.

Episode Title: Holidays
Airs: 2016-02-08 at 22:30
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Gamble and Hoggart are credited as “per­formers” on the show and are also writers­ for the series, and their ability to ad-lib and play with anyone and every­one they come in contact with is a joy to watch, proof you can say almost anything to anyone, no matter how outrageous, so long as you maintain an air of innocence. Or stu­pidity.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Marc Snetiker

    Imagine Borat's vibe with Summer Heights High's spirit--definitely worth a peek, if that's your cup of tea. [20 Jun 2014, p.60]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Most of the people [Ed Gamble and Amy Hoggart--who pose as Georgie and Poppy Carlton] encounter seem to believe they're being filmed with real British aristos on a travel-type show about the U.S. Their surprise--and polite attempts to hide it--at the things the visitors from England say is the funniest part of the show.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Gamble and Hoggart manage to strike just the right tone, sounding alternately wide-eyed and priggish, without coming across as mean-spirited--which is no small feat.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Almost Royal has enough silliness for both American and British tastes.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    Fortunately, Gamble and Hoggart can be quite funny in their pretended confusion. Their strategies are sometimes too obvious, but often the humor takes a nicely absurdist turn.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    There’s a lack of conviction to Almost Royal’s premise that means the funniest parts are only just mildly funny.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Almost Royal is not a series that demands to be watched, but it’s a cute diversion for Anglophiles looking for intermittent laughs.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Caroline Framke

    Making Georgie and Poppy unintelligent isn’t a poor choice on its own, but Almost Royal does so much better when it lets these characters get specific about their privileged upbringing.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    BBC America misses wide of the mark with Almost Royal.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review

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