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Entertainment Exclusive: Downton actress explains how new zombie comedy is like Fleabag

08:00  04 october  2019
08:00  04 october  2019 Source:   digitalspy.com

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ITV2 comedy Zomboat! starts next week, and Downton Abbey star Cara Theobold says it is similar to Fleabag and Derry Girls. She continued: "It’s a zombie comedy , but the comedy is strong enough that it ’s not just for people who like zombies . Anybody can enjoy it.

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Cara Theobold, Hamza Jeetooa, Leah Brotherhead posing for the camera: ITV2 comedy Zomboat! starts next week, and Downton Abbey star Cara Theobold says it is similar to Fleabag and Derry Girls. © ITV ITV2 comedy Zomboat! starts next week, and Downton Abbey star Cara Theobold says it is similar to Fleabag and Derry Girls.

Next week, ITV2 is going to debut its newest original comedy, Zomboat!, which is a zombie apocalypse show that's set on a canal boat. In Birmingham.

That's bizarre enough to pique our interest, but one of its stars has promised us that show will be similar to Fleabag. And, thankfully, they don't mean in the fourth-wall breaking, posh dark comedy way.

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, Cara Theobold (who you'll know as Ivy Stuart from Downton Abbey and the voice of Tracer in Overwatch) said: "It's one of those things that turns the genre on its head.

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Cara Theobold standing in a field © David M. Benett/Getty Images Cara Theobold

"You think it’s going to be one thing, especially when you see me and Leah [Brotherhead, who plays sister Kat] clad in leather, swishing around in slow motion, and then it immediately pulls the rug from under you – so that makes it unique.

"The reason why Fleabag and Derry Girls have captured everyone’s imagination, the reason we love them is because they don’t give us what we’re expecting and I hope that this is similar to that. It’ll surprise you. It’s not what you think and hopefully it will exceed your expectations."

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She continued: "It’s a zombie comedy, but the comedy is strong enough that it’s not just for people who like zombies. Anybody can enjoy it. But I also think if you’re a fan of the genre, there are so many references – The Walking Dead, George A Romero. All of it is in there, and everybody loves it when you watch something and there’s a nod to something else and you’re in on the joke. Hopefully that adds another level to it.

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"We’re paying homage to lots of other great moments and it’s almost a bit meta in the sense that our characters are aware that it's the genre, but rooted in real life in Birmingham."

Zomboat! airs its first of six episodes at 10pm next Tuesday (October 8) on ITV2.

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