We Are Lady Parts to return for Series 2

Monday 22nd November 2021, 4:06pm

We Are Lady Parts. Image shows from L to R: Bisma (Faith Omole), Ayesha (Juliette Motamed), Amina (Anjana Vasan), Momtaz (Lucie Shorthouse), Saira (Sarah Kameela Impey). Copyright: Working Title Films

We Are Lady Parts, the sitcom about the highs and lows of a Muslim punk band, is to return to Channel 4 for Series 2.

The comedy, which started life as a 2018 Comedy Blaps pilot, has received critical acclaim since it launched as a series in May. The show won the Edinburgh TV Award for Best Comedy Series and creator Nida Manzoor was recently announced as the recipient of the Rose d'Or Emerging Talent Award.

Speaking about the plot, Channel 4 explains: "Series 1 explored the highs and lows of the band, named Lady Parts, as seen through the eyes of Amina Hussain (played by Anjana Vasan) - a geeky microbiology PhD student, on the lookout for love. Amina is recruited to be the bands' unlikely lead guitarist. Lady Parts' fierce and enigmatic frontwoman Saira (Sarah Kameela Impey) sees something in Amina and uses her desperation to find a husband as leverage, offering to set her up with potential matches if she agreed to join the band. Amina soon gets swept up in their joyful, anarchic energy and punk spirit. But she's caught between two different worlds - her more strait-laced uni friends and the band, who urge her to find her voice. Series 1 ended with the band reuniting on stage, following an exposing interview, for a kick-ass performance. With the support of her fellow band members, Amina manages to overcome her vomit-inducing stage fright and takes her place on centre stage, where she belongs - much to the delight of their newly found adoring fans!"

Nida Manzoor says: "I feel so incredibly lucky and excited to have the opportunity to make a second series of We Are Lady Parts. I can't wait to delve back into the world of the band and go deeper into their lives. Expect more high jinks, more music, and more flights of fancy. SPARTA!"

US streaming service Peacock will also air the new series.

Fiona McDermott, Channel 4's head of comedy, comments: "We Are Lady Parts is the rallying cry from a fearlessly funny, contemporary and dial-shifting comedy that felt uniquely Channel 4 at its heart. The show deftly took big ideas around identity, representation, gender and creativity and wrapped them up in a truly original and hilarious show full of love, romance and sisterly power. From one of the most inventive and ambitious writer-directors around, we're so delighted to be working with Nida, the exceptional cast and team at Working Title Television, NBCUniversal International Studios and our brilliant partners at Peacock to bring this back again."

Surian Fletcher-Jones, from Working Title Television: "I'm so proud of We Are Lady Parts - for its wit, its inventiveness and its representation - and I'm absolutely thrilled that we're getting to make another season. Nida has got so much to say about contemporary life, and she's found the perfect vehicle with this show to express her unique and inspiring world view. I can't wait to share Nida's vision for season two."

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