Year Of The Rabbit Series 2 confirmed

Tuesday 11th February 2020, 5:08pm

Year Of The Rabbit. Image shows from L to R: Wilbur Strauss (Freddie Fox), Detective Inspector Rabbit (Matt Berry), Mabel Wisbech (Susan Wokoma). Copyright: Objective Productions

Year Of The Rabbit, the Victorian-set comedy series starring Matt Berry, is to return for a second series.

Channel 4 has ordered six more half-hour episodes of the comedy, which will once again focus on the "tough booze-hound detective Rabbit (Matt Berry), his hapless partner Strauss (Freddie Fox) and the country's first female police officer Mabel (Susan Wokoma) as they fight crime in London's east end."

The first series of the comedy, which was broadcast in June, ended on a cliff hanger. As the channel explains: "At the end of the first series Lydia (Keeley Hawes) had pulled the wool over everyone's eyes, with Strauss thinking they were lovers and Mabel joining Lydia's secret female society, mistakenly thinking it was a power for good. After Rabbit and the gang foiled Lydia's plot to take down London, saving the day. But, with Lydia still at large and Her Majesty requesting an audience with Rabbit, Strauss and Mabel for a secret job... anything could happen."

Matt Berry comments: "I'm looking forward to Inspector Rabbit returning back to our screens to fight crime in the past. This time he'll deal with all sorts of unearthly forces, including the Royal Family! Victorian London is presently very much where it's at."

Fiona McDermott, head of comedy at Channel 4, says: "Year Of The Rabbit is one of the most glorious, gutsy and audacious comedies on TV, made by a fantastic cast and crew who relish every detail. We're thrilled to welcome it back. Here's to more absurd capers in the dark underbelly of Victorian London."

Series 2 - which is again written by Andy Riley, Kevin Cecil and Berry - is expected on Channel 4 later this year.

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