Ten Percent: British remake of Call My Agent / Dix Pour Cent
November 10, 2023 6:23 AM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

British version of the French show Dix pour cent (English title Call My Agent) a comedy dram about a London talent agency where agents scramble to keep their star clients happy and their business afloat.

Official trailer

From the New York Times article:
"Morton has retained much of the structural framework of “Call My Agent!,” with four central characters who are at least superficially similar to their French counterparts. There is the tough career woman Rebecca (Lydia Leonard); the slightly bumbling, likable Dan; the old-guard patrician Stella (Maggie Steed); and the controlling, self-deceiving Jonathan (Jack Davenport), who in this rendition is the son of Richard Nightingale (Jim Broadbent), a founder of the agency...

...And the catnip factor of the original series remains: a plethora of big-name actors (Kelly Macdonald, Helena Bonham Carter, Dominic West, Phoebe Dynevor, David and Jessica Oyelowo among them) playing themselves in story lines that touch on ageism, stage fright, pay parity and the cost (for actresses) of having children.
But after a first episode that closely follows the opening of the French series, the show’s plotlines gradually begin to differ, and to cater more closely to the specific preoccupations of the British cultural industry, with its greater ties to — and anxieties about — American partnerships and influences."
posted by Zumbador (3 comments total)
I've watched about five episodes so far and enjoyed it. There's a slight double vision aspect because of the similarities to the French original, but the plots do become their own thing fairly quickly.
posted by Zumbador at 6:25 AM on November 10, 2023

But can it possibly be as funny as a show that I only catch 40% of?? (Ok but I will give this a try, if nothing else because I'm helplessly fond of starring-as-themselves actor appearances.)
posted by grandiloquiet at 10:58 AM on November 10, 2023 [1 favorite]

It was ok. Not really sharp. Davenport's mugging as pronounced and unnecessary as all his prior comedy effort.
posted by biffa at 4:21 PM on November 11, 2023

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