Due to launch on BritBox at the start of April, each of the eight episodes will feature approximately seven additional minutes of scenes that viewers will have not seen if they watched when the show was broadcast on BBC One in January.
Producers Phin Glynn, Victor Glynn and Georgia Tennant have collaborated with BritBox to allow the longer versions of the episodes to be seen for the first time. The material had to be cut from the versions broadcast on the BBC, as the producers had to fit the scenes into BBC One's 15 minute broadcast slots.
BritBox viewers will also be able to see a song at the start of Episode 8. Written by Alex Baranowksi, with lyrics by Simon Evans and the show's editor Dan Gage, it features the vocals of Hamilton star Giles Terera.
Talking about the production of the second series, co-creator Phin Glynn explained to British Comedy Guide: "Series 2 was originally only going to be 7 episodes but, given the amount of guests we had in Episode 5, we ended up splitting it over two episodes in the edit. As what was written as Episode 5 ended up being broadcast as Episodes 5 & 6, we had some last minute writing of new scenes to make sense of the split, and to get enough of a run time to cover the extra episode. The scene with Simon and Georgia at the start of Episode 6 was, I think, actually the last to be filmed of the whole season. In fact I think Simon wrote it, and it was filmed, after we'd finished editing the rest of the season."
Since its first broadcast in June 2020, Staged has been nominated for a number of awards, including being voted Best New Sitcom in the Comedy.co.uk Awards. Most recently, it won in the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards.
Completely Staged, a book featuring the illustrated scripts from the show, has been successfully crowfunded via Unbound and will be published this summer. It is still possible to pre-order the book via Unbound.
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