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Gossip Girl reboot: we finally have a UK premiere date for part 2 – and it’s coming to BBC One and BBC iPlayer

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The BBC have announced a UK premiere date for the second half of the first season of the Gossip Girl reboot – and it’s coming sooner than we’d hoped.

We are living in the age of TV reboots, with many beloved series starting to make a comeback – whether you want them to or not. Friends fans were recently treated to a one-off reunion showSex And The City’s revival series, And Just Like That, has just landed, and there’s also a Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air reboot in the works. 

But the one that everyone’s talking about recently is the new Gossip Girl series. With the reboot premiering earlier this year, fans are now lapping up the final batch of episodes of the first season. Split into two parts, the first instalment has already gone down well with viewers with part 2 providing all of the same glamour, romance and raucous revelry.

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The Gossip Girl reboot will return for the second half of its first season this January.

Now, it’s been confirmed that Gossip Girl will return to BBC One to finish airing the second half of its first season in January.

Back in the summer, every episode of the original series of Gossip Girl, and the first six episodes of the 2021 incarnation arrived on BBC iPlayer.

Fans who have been keenly waiting to finish the reboot will now be able to watch episode seven on BBC One at 10.35pm on Tuesday 4 January 2022, with episodes released on Tuesdays thereafter. Excitingly, all six episodes of part 2 will be released together on BBC iPlayer on New Year’s Day.

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Zion Moreno, Jordan Alexander and Evan Mock all star in the Gossip Girl reboot.

The reboot has clearly fared well with viewers as a second season has already been confirmed. But what can we expect? Well, series showrunner Joshua Safran has assured everyone that the new series will pick up fairly soon after the events of the season one finale. Speaking to TV Line, Safran also hinted that we’ll be seeing a lot more of Obie’s new girlfriend.

“Oh, you’ll definitely get more of Grace,” Safran says, adding that “Anna (Van Patten) is great. It was so much fun to do that. Her karaoke rendition of Shallow is so incredible. And the Chainsmokers bit. I was like, what’s the cheesiest song that I can put on in this bar?”

Zoya’s new best friend Shan, a character apparently inspired by Rayanne Graff from My So-Called Life, will also be an important part of the upcoming series.

“She’s a rebel and a rabble-rouser; you can’t quite get a handle on her, but you know she loves you and has your best interests at heart – even if she goes about it in the wrong way,” Safran teases.

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The Gossip Girl reboot will return for the second half of its first season this January.

The GG reboot was announced by HBO Max back in 2019, and fans were desperate to know what exactly the new series will be about and how it will be different from the 2007 original. Premiering on HBO Max and BBC iPlayer from 25 August, the new Gossip Girl followed a brand new friendship group with many of the same themes as the original.

Rather than a website, Gossip Girl is now an Instagram account and we even have Kristen Bell back as the trusted narrator.

The logline reads: “Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl. The prestige series will address just how much social media – and the landscape of New York itself – has changed in the intervening years.”

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Emily Alyn Lind and Jordan Alexander filming the Gossip Girl reboot.

The creators have stressed that this isn’t a remake, but rather a “continuation” and “extension” of the original story, investigating today’s world of wealth and privilege and the teenagers who inhabit it. They’ve also put a focus on diversifying the cast, both in ethnicity and sexuality (the original series was, disappointingly, very white and straight).

Still not sure what to expect?

Watch the trailer for Gossip Girl Part 2

The Queen B. The best friend. The outsider. The fashion. Yep, this reboot looks like it’s taken a lot of direction from its predecessor – and we’re 100% here for that level of nostalgia. And, most importantly, it’s truly a delicious treat to hear Kristen Bell step back into her iconic titular role. 

“This story is anything but over,” Bell declares. With cancel culture, friendship breakups and enemy lines being drawn, it looks like Gossip Girl Part 2 is set to hit our screens with a bang.

Gossip Girl airs on HBO Max in the US, and broadcasts on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in the UK.

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Hollie Richardson

Hollie is a digital writer at Stylist.co.uk, mainly covering the daily news on women’s issues, politics, celebrities and entertainment. She also keeps an ear out for the best podcast episodes to share with readers. Oh, and don’t even get her started on Outlander…