The Cockfields to return for Series 2

Monday 29th June 2020, 5:00pm

The Cockfields. Image shows from L to R: Lynn (Maggie Steed), Melissa (Sarah Parish), Larry (Nigel Havers), Donna (Diane Morgan), Simon (Joe Wilkinson), Sue (Sue Johnston), David (Ben Rufus Green), Ray (Bobby Ball).

The Cockfields, the new sitcom about an oddball family living on the Isle Of Wight, is to return for a second series.

The comedy, written by David Earl and Joe Wilkinson, first appeared on UKTV channel Gold in November 2019. British Comedy Guide understands that the network has now given the go-ahead for another run of the show.

Focusing on Joe Wilkinson and Diane Morgan as couple Simon and Donna, the initial three-part series followed Simon as he introduced his girlfriend to his family for the first time, on the week of his 40th birthday.

The cast list also features Sue Johnston, who plays Simon's mum; Bobby Ball as his stepdad; and Ben Rufus Green as his stepbrother, David. Nigel Havers plays Simon's biological father, who is now dating a notably younger girlfriend, played by Sarah Parish. All are expected to return for Series 2.

Reviews for the first series were positive, with a number of publications issuing four-star write-ups.

The series is being made by Lucy Lumsden's Yellow Door Productions, with John Rushton as producer.

Speaking at the time Series 1 was announced, commissioner Pete Thornton commented: "Hats off to David and Joe, scripts this good are very hard to come by and they've helped Yellow Door attract an incredible cast for our latest scripted adventure on Gold.

"The Cockfields is a thoroughly modern family comedy about a relatable shared experience - that weekend back at home when your no doubt well-meaning relatives just get more and more annoying with every passing hour. We're delighted to be working with such a talented team - both in front of and behind the camera - on this charming, beautifully observed three-parter."

Filming for Series 2 was scheduled to go ahead on the Isle Of Wight this August, but with the coronavirus lockdown causing restrictions on TV production across the industry, dates have yet to be confirmed.

British Comedy Guide approached UKTV for confirmation of the recommission, but a spokesperson said the network has no comment to make at this stage.

The Cockfields Series 2 will be officially announced at a later date.

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