“Tea Cup Manor” Reported To Be ‘Most Britishy’ British TV Show Yet, Say L.A.-Based Creators
Following in the footsteps of such British TV show mega-hits as Downton Abbey, Sherlock, Dr. Who, and The Crown, newcomer Tea Cup Manor is said to be ‘the most Britishy’ TV show ever, according to its creators hailing from Los Angeles. The show revolves around Egmund Stewthrottle, a young butler who serves the wealthy Kentington Family in the titular Tea Cup Manor. But that’s not all: Egmund isn’t merely a butler. He’s also a time-traveling fugitive who falls deeply in love with women constantly and wears many disguises.
“Yeah, we thought the show could kinda just be a mash up of all the dopest British shows,” said Clay Jammers, the 35-year-old Los Angelite who co-created the show with his writing partner and former surfing instructor Candace Zimsky, “Like tons of family disputes about who’s gonna marry who which lead to people staring sadly out a window into a hella rainy countryside.”
The writing duo admit that neither of them have ever been to England but argue that traveling abroad isn’t necessary for writing this kind of show. “We’ve binged all the English people shows,” said Zimsky, “Like, they also do super short seasons which is why Tea Cup is only doing a one episode season. But that episode will be six hours long.”
In addition to Egmund, Tea Cup Manor will feature hyper-British characters such as Miranda Kentington, a headstrong tea-making heiress who must choose between seven equally charming suitors for her hand in marriage. Her catchphrase is “Marriage schmarriage!” Her father, Lord Duke Hugo Kentington suffers from a frequent coughing fit, a bad limp from his rugby days, and a myriad of horrific flashback scenes that all involve being trampled by farm animals set loose by his alcoholic father.
“We’re aiming for the English accents to be so thick that even people who have that accent will be like ‘Can we rewind?’” says Jammers, “That’s why we’ve decided to hardcode the subtitles in so you can’t even turn them off. Like, there would be no point.”
The pair have high hope for the new show, saying that a second season is already planned but not a third as “Brevity is super British,” says Zimsky. “They’re all gonna get Typhoid fever at the end of season one after Egmund’s rival butler spills sewage into their water supply. Most of them will die or lose a limb. But that’s not a spoiler. It’s in the trailer.”
Many have questioned Zimsky and Jammers on their decision to tackle such subject matter when the time period, location, and culture are so far from their own experience. “It’s changing times and as a couple of young scribes who grew up in Hollywood, it’s about time that we started telling other people’s stories for them since it’s in vogue lately,” responded Jammers.
The BBC have refused to take meetings with Jammers and Zimsky and the team are currently searching for a new home for the show.