Two Doors Down returning for sixth series and Christmas special

ExclusiveWednesday 20th July 2022, 9:39am by Jay Richardson

  • Two Doors Down is returning to BBC Two for a sixth series and Christmas special later this year
  • With the fifth series currently airing, Graeme 'Grado' Steveley has confirmed that work on the sixth is underway
  • The comedy actor and wrestler posted an image of himself alongside Jonathan Watson with the caption "heading back fae #TwoDoorsDown series 6 read through in London"
Two Doors Down. Image shows from L to R: Alan (Graeme Stevely), Michelle (Joy McAvoy), Gordon (Kieran Hodgson), Ian (Jamie Quinn), Beth (Arabella Weir), Eric (Alex Norton), Cathy (Doon Mackichan), Colin (Jonathan Watson), Christine (Elaine C. Smith). Copyright: BBC

Two Doors Down is to return for a sixth series and Christmas special, British Comedy Guide can exclusively reveal.

The fifth series of the breakout Scottish sitcom belatedly returned to BBC Two last week, having initially begun airing in December. And all episodes of the latest run are now available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

BCG has learned that the comedy's fourth festive episode will follow the sixth series later this year, with readthroughs of the latest scripts by writers Simon Carlyle and Gregor Sharp already underway.

Graeme 'Grado' Stevely, who plays Alan in the sitcom, posted a photo of himself and fellow cast member Jonathan Watson on Instagram earlier this month, with the caption "heading back fae #TwoDoorsDown series 6 read through in London".

With multiple Bafta Scotland nominations, including Elaine C. Smith winning one for best actress, the BBC Studios production also stars Arabella Weir and Alex Norton as Latimer Crescent residents Beth and Eric Baird, with Doon Mackichan, Jamie Quinn, Kieran Hodgson, Joy McAvoy, Watson and Stevely as their insufferable neighbours and immediate family.

Since it began in 2016, following a 2013 pilot, Two Doors Down has maintained a steady audience of just under two million overnight viewers and gradually won over most critics as a welcome fixture in the schedules, after initially lukewarm reviews for its perceived lack of originality.

The Telegraph called the 2021 festive "a wryly witty treat which captured the claustrophobic domesticity of Christmas", while the Radio Times observed that the "joy of Two Doors Down is that you can more or less predict what comes next [...] but the way the familiar beats develop is still laugh-out-loud funny, believable and even (in certain moments) a little bit festive," concluding it was "simple but well-observed character comedy".

A BBC spokesperson declined to comment to BCG on the recommission.

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