Mandy starring Diane Morgan to return for Series 2

Thursday 29th July 2021, 10:09am

Mandy. Mandy (Diane Morgan).

BBC Two has ordered a second series of Mandy, the comedy created by and starring Diane Morgan.

Filming is already underway on six new fifteen minute episodes, with a first look picture released today.

The comedy, which debuted as a single short in 2019 before launching as a short-form series in August 2020, stars Cunk On Britain's Diane Morgan as a woman with "big dreams". The first series proved popular with audiences, and was voted onto the Best New TV Sitcom shortlist of the Awards.

The BBC say: "Mandy once again has big dreams with small success as she attempts to find fulfilment in a series of short-lived jobs in the modern gig economy. Along the way she becomes a tour guide, goes on a reality show and gets thrown in at the deep end, both actually and metaphorically, when she attempts to learn to swim. All fun stuff, but none of which brings her any closer to her ultimate ambition of breeding Doberman pinchers."

Also written and directed by Morgan, Series 2 will see Michelle Greenidge return as Lola, Mandy's friend and confidante in the local nail bar.

Tom Basden will also reappear as Mandy's exasperated benefits officer, and Alistair Green, Mark Silcox and Michael Spicer will once again play multiple supporting characters.

Morgan's Motherland co-star Anna Maxwell Martin will guest star in the new series, as will Nick Mohammed with whom Morgan appeared in Sky One sitcom Intelligence.

Sir Tom Courtenay, Alexei Sayle, Jo Hartley, Kate Robbins, Nigel Planer and Charlie Chuck will also appear, with further roles for Richard Hope (Poldark), Peter McDonald (The Dig), and Roger Sloman (Nuts In May).

Konnie Huq, Dragons' Den star Deborah Meaden and "space boffin" Professor Brian Cox will also play versions of themselves.

Diane Morgan says: "At this time of debate about the future of the BBC, a second series of Mandy could not be more timely. If anything proves the worth of the corporation it's a show about a woman who wants to breed doberman pinchers. It's not something you'd get on Amazon Prime or BFI Player."

Commissioning editor Gregor Sharp says: "Diane has created an instantly iconic comedy character in Mandy and we can't wait to see what trouble follows her in this new series."

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