The many faces of Tracey Ullman from State of the Union
English native Tracey Ullman has a unique perspective on the United States — actually, she has dozens. In her zany sketch-comedy series, Tracey Ullman's State of the Union (Fridays at 10 pm/ET, Showtime), the multitalented mimic will each week deliver a series of rapid-fire vignettes that capture a day in the life of America. We caught up with her for some insight into the method behind her madness.
TVGuide.com: You sing, dance, act…. Is there anything you can't do?Tracey Ullman: I can't draw. Stick people come out! [Laughs] But, in general, I don't like to be pigeonholed. I'm lucky — I get to have a chance at anything. I'm a happy schizophrenic!
TVGuide.com: Explain the concept of State of the Union.Ullman: We spend a day in America — from dawn to dusk
At first blush — and I do mean blush — you may wonder about the sensibility of PBS' latest Jane Austen movie. It opens like a literal bodice-ripper on a scene of bare flesh and fiery passions: Bizarro-World Jane?
Not to worry. This overheated prologue, which is explained much later, is intended as a sharp contrast to the more genteel but emotionally charged romance that follows. Master adapter Andrew Davies' two-part Sense and Sensibility provides a flavorful, spirited finale to Masterpiece's "The Complete Jane Austen" series.
It lacks the star power (Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet) of Ang Lee's 1995 Oscar winner. But Austen's characters are so enduring and endearing in their virtues, vanities and passionate follies that they don't require movie stars to bring them to life.
Hattie Morahan and Charity Wakefield are agreeably understated and instantly sympathetic as sisters Elinor (the quietly suffering pragmatist) and Marianne (the re