Good Omens Series 2 confirmed

Tuesday 29th June 2021, 3:57pm

Good Omens. Image shows from L to R: Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), Crowley (David Tennant).

It's been confirmed that Good Omens is due to return for a second series.

Michael Sheen and David Tennant will reprise their roles as the angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley, an unlikely duo that teamed up to save the world from the apocalypse.

Available via Amazon Prime in 2019, then shown on BBC Two in early 2020, the first series was based on the 1990 novel by Sir Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. The episodes proved popular with audiences, and fans voted it Comedy Of The Year in the 2019 Awards.

The new six-part second series will begin filming later this year in Scotland, and will premiere on Amazon Prime Video worldwide at a later date.

The producers confirm: "The new season will explore storylines that go beyond the original source material to illuminate the uncanny friendship between Aziriphale, a fussy angel and rare book dealer, and the fast-living demon Crowley. Having been on Earth since The Beginning and with the Apocalypse thwarted, Aziraphale and Crowley are getting back to easy living amongst mortals in London's Soho when an unexpected messenger presents a surprising mystery."

Neil Gaiman, who wrote the original Good Omens book in 1990 with the late Terry Pratchett will continue as executive producer, and will co-showrun the project with director Douglas Mackinnon.

Gaiman has written the new scripts with John Finnemore, the Radio 4 star behind series such as Cabin Pressure and John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme.

Neil Gaiman says: "It's thirty-one years since Good Omens was published, which means it's thirty-two years since Terry Pratchett and I lay in our respective beds in a Seattle hotel room at a World Fantasy Convention, and plotted the sequel.

"I got to use bits of the sequel in Good Omens - that's where our angels came from. Terry's not here any longer, but when he was, we had talked about what we wanted to do with Good Omens, and where the story went next. And now, thanks to BBC Studios and Amazon, I get to take it there.

"I have enlisted some wonderful collaborators, and John Finnemore has come on board to carry the torch with me. There are so many questions people have asked about what happened next (and also, what happened before) to our favourite Angel and Demon. Here are the answers you've been hoping for. We are back in Soho, and all through time and space, solving a mystery, which starts with an angel wandering through Soho, with no memory."

Director Douglas Mackinnon says: "Taking Good Omens to my home country of Scotland to film a second season is an exciting dream come true for me. And with Michael Sheen and David Tennant returning as Aziraphale and Crowley, we really have an angel and a demon on our side."

Good Omens. Image shows from L to R: Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), Crowley (David Tennant).

Michael Sheen jokes: "Personally I'm against it, but the world isn't going to just save itself, is it? If David and I can manage to not fall out too badly this time it may even have a chance of getting finished."

David Tennant adds: "The return of Good Omens is great news for me, personally. As I get to work with Michael again, and I get to say Neil's wonderful words once more. It's probably less good for the universe as it almost certainly means there will be some fresh existential threat to its existence to deal with, but, you know - swings and roundabouts..."

Executive producer Rob Wilkins says: "Terry and Neil always knew that Crowley and Aziraphale wouldn't remain content to appear in only one story, and long harboured plans to expand upon their adventures. David and Michael's stellar performances made this an absolute necessity. Terry would have been delighted with how they brought their characters to life, and just as delighted as I am that a second season is now underway."

Josh Cole, head of comedy at BBC Studios, which is making the series for Amazon, comments: "We're thrilled to be delving back into this iconic world. Neil Gaiman is that rare combination of brilliant collaborator and visionary storyteller, and, with John Finnemore on board too, the Good Omens audience are in for an absolute treat. We're delighted to continue our relationship with Amazon Studios, and thank them for making this possible".

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