Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Fleabag has finally been officially confirmed for a second series

pho.jpg

Good news for everyone who fell in love with Fleabag – the show has officially been confirmed for a second series.

The BBC made the exciting announcement on Twitter, posting a champagne-toasting GIF accompanied by the words, “SURPRISE! #Fleabag is coming back...”

Digital Spy reports that the show’s creator, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, says the new series will be “a whole new adventure”.

“I asked myself if Fleabag has more to say and frankly she hasn't shut up since," Waller-Bridge explained. "Series two will be a whole new adventure, and I'm beyond thrilled to be coming back."

The release date is yet to be confirmed, but is said to be sometime in 2019, so we’ve got a while to wait.

The six-part first series aired on the BBC last summer and instantly struck a chord with its sharply hilarious and often dark tone, following the titular character’s life in London and her struggle to come to terms with several issues in her life, not least difficult family relations, a floundering business and recent bereavement.

Previously Waller-Bridge has said of her particular style of comedy-drama mix: “I felt that, if you could disarm an audience through the laughter then they are left wide open and vulnerable for you to squeeze their heart a bit.”


Read more: 21 feminist TV shows to watch this year


The writer, actor and comedian has also revealed what she wants to happen to Fleabag in series two, telling the Royal Television Society: “I want her to have a different kind of journey.

"The first series was about her exposing, and having to own up to her own regrets and her own darkness. And I think now that's past, it's what happens after you do that, it's the reality of it.”

There has long been excitement over further episodes after Waller-Bridge told radiotimes.com that she was hoping to shoot in November this year, aiming for a 2018 release, and took home two gongs from the Royal Television Society Awards – Breakthrough Star of the Year and Best Comedy Writer.

And she’s previously said while she’d envisaged the show as a “one-off”, another series was always possible given the story lines.

“We cracked it open so that she would be able to have a life beyond it and also there are so many more stories and story strands and character strands come out of this series,” she said.

Fleabag is an adaptation of a stage show. Following the TV success, Waller-Bridge brought it back to London's Soho Theatre for a second run.

And she told Stylist that her character’s dysfunction and sometimes unlikeable behaviour was a reflection of the impulses in most of us – and that it doesn’t stand in opposition to feminism. “I think feminism is integral to everything that I’m trying to write but I didn’t know how to articulate my own feelings.

“I wanted to explode the myth that feminism is without personality, and that women who talk about it are sanctimonious. Fleabag is me trying to inject some humour into the issue […] There’s a little Fleabag in all of us, saying and doing things we shouldn’t.”

We’re thrilled that a second series has finally been confirmed and will be keeping our eyes peeled for an official air date.

Image: Rex Features

Related

penelope cruz.jpg

Penelope Cruz to star as Donatella Versace in American Crime Story

sesame street julia autism.jpg

Introducing Julia, Sesame Street’s first Muppet with autism

thandie-newton-sunday-times-interview-racism-black-british-actors-period-dramas.jpg

Thandie Newton on the struggle facing black British actors

More

Bake Off viewers are genuinely furious over THAT ‘shock twist’ ending

“Is there no justice in this world?”

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Sep 2017

Students told to submit dresses for approval ahead of school dance

“These are the roots of rape culture, frankly”

by Amy Swales
19 Sep 2017

This is why hardly any men are taking shared parental leave in the UK

Women are still doing the lion’s share of childcare, while men go out to work

by Moya Crockett
19 Sep 2017

Woman finally approaches rush-hour crush, ends up marrying him

She waited a year for him to notice her – and then she took matters into her own hands

by Kayleigh Dray
19 Sep 2017

Dreaming of buying a French Bulldog? Read this first

The secret cost of that Instagram-perfect pup

by Amy Swales
19 Sep 2017

Cookie dough fans, your perfect store is coming to London

We HAVE to try the cookie dough clouds

by Megan Murray
19 Sep 2017

Hilarious Instagram account fulfills all our eavesdropping dreams

‘Overheard London’ documents the capital's weirdest conversations – ever

by Kayleigh Dray
19 Sep 2017

This guy has a creative way of helping his girlfriend’s depression

His post has stolen the hearts of the online community

by Susan Devaney
19 Sep 2017

Love Actually is getting a musical makeover for Christmas

It involves a live orchestra

by Amy Swales
19 Sep 2017

A Hillary Clinton-inspired Nasty Women exhibition has arrived

Because if the US election taught us anything, it’s that misogyny is still rife

by Susan Devaney
19 Sep 2017