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BBC Three commissions second series of Ladhood

Monday 10th February 2020, 12:00am

  • Ladhood will return for a second series on iPlayer
  • Liam Williams writes and stars in the comedy, looking back at his own teenage years
  • Series 1 concludes its television run on BBC One tonight
Ladhood. Image shows from L to R: Liam (Liam Williams), Addy (Aqib Khan), Young Liam (Oscar Kennedy), Craggy (Shaun Thomas), Ralph (Samuel Bottomley).

BBC Three has ordered a second series of Ladhood.

Currently airing its first series on BBC One, the comedy is a coming-of-age series from BAFTA-nominated writer, actor and comedian, Liam Williams.

Adapted from his 2015-launched BBC Radio 4 series of the same name, Ladhood straddles two timelines as modern Liam explores the roots of his contemporary masculinity by delving into the memories of his own misspent adolescence in the Leeds suburb of Garforth during the early 2000s.

The BBC explain: "Across the series Liam and his best mates Ralph, Addy and Craggy go through many of the teenage rites of passage. Getting get drunk, trying drugs, ending up in fights, falling in love and falling apart."

Series 1 of Ladhood was published in November 2019 on BBC Three-branded iPlayer, and has been airing late on Monday nights on BBC One since early January.

Williams says: "I'm excited and honoured to have another chance to work with a tremendously talented cast and crew in giving my own grubby memories far more gravitas than they deserve."

Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning says: "Ladhood has a terrific concept which audiences have found really engaging. Liam's deft writing manages to both excoriate and celebrate the trials and tribulations of those formative late teen years as he traces back the roots of the person he then became in adulthood. With a superb cast and a soundtrack to boot, this keeps the BBC Three comedy flame burning brighter than ever."

Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three says: "Ladhood is a brilliant series for BBC Three as it manages to perfectly blend nostalgia with the present day. With so many themes and stories that our audience recognises, and a strong sense of place and accents to boot, we can't wait for more."

Josh Cole, Head of Comedy at production company BBC Studios, adds: "We're thrilled to have the chance to make more episodes of Ladhood for the BBC. Liam is a phenomenally talented and funny man and I can think of no-one more suited to brilliantly exploring the roots of modern-day masculinity. We'll see you back in early 00s Garforth."

Filming for six further 25-minute episodes will take place later this year.


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