The talent agents of Nightingale Hart are navigating the whims of their celebrity clients in Amazon Prime’s Ten Percent – and the internet has plenty of praise for the brilliantly British remake of Call My Agent!
It’s not often that a film or TV show comes along with actors so perfectly cast that it appears as though the show was tailor-made for them. This week, it seems as though the entertainment stars have aligned, because a star-studded new remake of the French comedy Call My Agent! has landed on Amazon Prime – and the internet has given the new series an emphatic seal of approval.
Penned by Bafta-winning writer John Morton, the new adaptation of the cult French show, titled Ten Percent, chronicles the drama, secrets and scandal at a fictional London talent agency dealing with high-profile British stars in showbusiness.
If you’re familiar with the original series, Dix Pour Cent, then you’ll know that one of the trademarks of the show is a celebrity cameo in every episode. The French version featured the likes of Monica Bellucci, Juliette Binoche and Sigourney Weaver, so fans will be excited to know the new UK adaptation has lined up an equally starry A-list roster.
In what can only be described as pitch-perfect casting, the cameos include Helena Bonham Carter, Olivia Williams, David Oyelowo, Jessica Oyelowo, Dominic West, Emma Corrin, Kelly Macdonald, Himesh Patel, David Harewood and Clémence Poésy, all of whom play fictionalised versions of themselves with real believability.
The celebrity clients are only one half of the equation, of course. You’ll spot many familiar faces playing the talent agents who must deal with the egos of their high maintenance stars, including Jack Davenport, Lydia Leonard, Maggie Steed, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Hiftu Quasem, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Rebecca Humphries, Harry Trevaldwyn, Tim McInnerny, Natasha Little, Edward Bluemel, Eleonore Arnaud and Jim Broadbent.
In the new trailer for the series, we delve right into the hustle and bustle at Nightingale Hart, where the big stars are causing mayhem. We find experienced agent Jonathan (Jack Davenport) helping to hide David Oyelowo from his real-life wife Jessica in reception, Helena Bonham Carter giving everyone a shock by turning up unannounced, and Kelly Macdonald pouring a smoothie over the head of her agent Dan (Prasanna Puwanarajah).
We also learn that the agency is facing serious financial difficulties and must sell out to an American company to keep the business afloat, bringing further drama to a fraught office environment.
In one hilarious scene, Alex (Lydia Leonard) tries to make the acquaintance of Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynevor by jogging alongside her through the park, only for things to go spectacularly awry when she runs straight into a tree.
Elsewhere, Stella (Maggie Steed) endeavours to get in the good books of her grumpy client Dominic West.
“I thought I’d say hello to my favourite client,” she beams.
“Why, what happened? Did Jude Law die?” West replies.
While reinventing a beloved programme is always a risk, the internet is finding plenty to love about Ten Percent. After the series landed on Amazon Prime on 28 April, fans were suitably impressed with the show’s distinctly British sensibility.
There were those who couldn’t help but smile at Rebecca’s determined quest to find a Jodie Comer lookalike on her dating apps:
And a lot of love for Lydia Leonard in general…
Some viewers were especially pleased with the screen time devoted to Kelly Maconald’s leather jacket…
Justice for Kelly Macdonald!
Let’s take a moment to show some appreciation for this adorable scene, shall we?
Killing Eve fans, look away now…
The verdict on Twitter right now? An overwhelming thumbs up.
All eight episodes of Ten Percent are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video now.
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Christobel Hastings is Stylist's Entertainment Editor whose specialist interests include pop culture, LGBTQ+ identity and lore.