EXCLUSIVE: BBC One and Amazon’s Stephen Merchant collection The Offenders has been renewed for a second season earlier than the primary has even been shot, govt producer Kenton Allen has revealed.
In an interview with Deadline, the Big Talk Productions CEO stated that the 2 seasons are being filmed back-to-back in Bristol, southwest England, in an sudden fillip for the comedy-drama after it was shut down in March 2020 as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Allen stated filming on the six-part collection, which is able to star Christopher Walken, was halted after simply 12 days final March, at which level the BBC requested if Merchant would think about writing a second season.
This rapidly snowballed right into a inexperienced mild for Season 2 in spite of everything events agreed that it might make sense to shoot each seasons on the similar time. Production acquired again underway in Bristol late final yr and the shoot will run to October 2021 as Big Talk and Merchant’s Four Eyes seize 12 hours of drama.
Allen stated the renewal will assist enhance the standard of each seasons, with Merchant’s writing benefiting from among the show already being shot. He has additionally been in a position to hone Season 1 storylines understanding what’s going to occur to characters in Season 2.
With a watch on security, Big Talk has used the two-season fee to construct units in order that location capturing is lowered. Meanwhile, Walken will wait till March to movie his scenes. “We’ve constructed the schedule in such a approach that he is not coming right here throughout peak corona. He’s coming once we hope it will likely be safer and there shall be a vaccine,” Allen stated.
Created by Merchant (who additionally stars and directs) and Elgin James, the collection follows seven strangers, The Offenders, from totally different walks of life compelled collectively to finish a neighborhood payback sentence in Bristol.
Walken performs Frank, an inveterate scoundrel making an attempt to reconnect along with his household. Merchant performs Greg, a lonely lawyer dealing with divorce, work-place bullying and scary males with knives.
Other cast consists of Rhianne Barreto (Honour), Gamba Cole (Soon Gone: A Windrush Chronicle), Darren Boyd (Killing Eve), Clare Perkins (EastEnders), and Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark). Bend It Like Beckham’s Nina Wadia and Dracula’s Dolly Wells additionally characteristic.
The Offenders will premiere later this yr on BBC One and BBC iPlayer within the UK and on Amazon Prime Video within the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. BBC Studios is dealing with world distribution and brokered the take care of Amazon Studios.