Star, writer and creator of the show Phoebe Waller-Bridge has given the official nod to Fleabag Series 2, following on from the success and critical acclaim of the breakout debut series. It’s only been a year since the first series wheedled its way into our hearts with its smart wit, dark comedy, shocking honesty and pathos infused storyline, but you’ll have to wait a couple more years to get to see the next chapter playing out on the small screen.
The award-winning sitcom first arrived on BBC 3 in 2016 and managed to pick up more than enough word of mouth subversion to draw in the viewers thanks to strong reviews and its instant pulling power. It went on to pick up BAFTA, Royal Television Society, British Press Guild and NME awards, so there’s going to be a fair amount of expectation for the second series.
However, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s burgeoning Hollywood appeal, she’s going to be tied up with with the production of the untitled Han Solo film following her successful casting call earlier this year. Filming is still underway and the release date is scheduled for May 2018, so Fleabag Series 2 won’t really be getting started until after all of the premieres and film promotion is done and dusted for Han Solo.
If that isn’t enough to keep Waller-Bridge busy, she’s also writer and show runner for upcoming US thriller Killing Eve, which is due to air in 2018. As a result of all the other projects, the Fleabag Series 2 air date won’t be taking place until 2019, so you’ll have to look at your own lifestyle choices if you’re desperate for more wild times and dark comedy moments.
The follow-up series will continue with the titular character’s freewheeling/free-falling life and Phoebe Waller-Bridge has confirmed that it’s going to feature a whole new adventure for the boozy porn-addict. There are no details on what that means as of yet, but we can see the show working well with a set change from London to New York, or maybe a sex rehab clinic in L.A., Kibbutz in rural Israel or a Buddhist retreat in Outer Mongolia.
Series 1 saw Fleabag coming to terms with the death of a friend; a death that she was sort of, maybe a little bit instrumental in, on account of her sleeping with her friend’s other half. We’re pretty sure she didn’t really manage to get over it properly, despite her brave face efforts and extreme forms of distraction, so it should be somewhere in the mix during Fleabag Series 2.
There’s bound to be just as much manizing as there was is the first series and we’ll be surprised if there isn’t more from her dad (Bill Paterson – Dad’s Army) and stepmother (Olivia Coleman – Murder On The Orient Express), but cast details haven’t been announced as of yet. Hugh Dennis (Outnumbered Christmas Special) put in a brief cameo as a bank manager last time around, so it’s going to be interesting to see who they manage to rustle up for the second series with the success of the first six episodes behind it.