ADDITIONAL NOTES: a show on hiatus for longer than 12 months - without any news about its future - is assumed to be canceled
DESCRIPTION: (from BBC America's web site, September 2008) Catherine Tate, one of Britain's hottest comedy talents is back with a U.S. premiere season of her award-winning sketch show. Winner of a Banff Rockie award and nominated for an International Emmy®, The Catherine Tate Show has become a huge hit in the UK, with catchphrases, "Am I bovvered?" and "How very dare you?!", influencing popular culture and every day speech in Britain. The 'Queen of Catchphrase' morphs through ages, sexes, accents and wigs to introduce a collection of toe-curling new characters in Season Three. Parodied to the extreme, the new personalities include Laura Powers – a bungled spy, called in to assist the U.S. Government in a spoof of 24; Ma Willow – the overbearing owner of a rooming house in the '50s who appears in a parody of Life on Mars; Helen 'I can do that' Marsh – who's eager to please, but hopeless at everything; and Kathleen Leary – a chain smoking, hard faced Northern Irish woman who's fiercely proud of her gay son. They join old favorites Lauren - the "Am I bovvered?" teenage nightmare who would rather be right than happy; Cockney Nan - the opinionated, hard-to-please grandmother who's a mine of misinformation; and Derek Faye - who gets furious if anyone suggests he's gay and coined the phrases "Who, dear? Me, dear? Gay, dear? No, dear" and "How very dare you?!" As well as program awards, Catherine Tate has won numerous awards for her own performance including a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Newcomer and two Royal Television Society awards for Best Network Newcomer and Best Comedy Performance. She is currently filming Season Four of Doctor Who in which she appears as the doctor's newest companion, Donna Noble.