Bridget Christie writing a second series of The Change for Channel 4

Tuesday 7th November 2023, 10:29am by Jay Richardson

  • Channel 4 has commissioned Bridget Christie to write three further episodes of The Change, but has yet to officially confirm a full second series order
  • Series 1 concluded with Linda's new community of friends discovering Steve, the husband that she had neglected to mention to them
  • Christie told Adrian Edmondson on his Out To Lunch podcast that she would be "so sad" if more episodes weren't greenlit "because I've set loads of things up [to be continued]"
The Change. Image shows left to right: Carmel (Monica Dolan), Agnes (Susan Lynch), Linda (Bridget Christie), Linda (Tanya Moodie)

Bridget Christie has begun work on a second series of The Change.

Although Channel 4 has yet to officially recommission the comedy drama about a menopausal woman who leaves her husband and children behind to rediscover herself in her childhood haunt of Gloucestershire's Forest of Dean, Christie has said that the broadcaster has commissioned scripts for three further episodes and that she had been "really busy" working on it in the "last few weeks".

Christie, who also stars as Linda in the acclaimed series, told Adrian Edmondson on his Out To Lunch podcast that she would be "so sad" if more episodes weren't greenlit "because I've set loads of things up [to be continued]".

A Channel 4 spokesperson confirmed the three script order to British Comedy Guide and that a second series has yet to be officially recommissioned.

Co-starring Monica Dolan, Susan Lynch, Jim Howick, Omid Djalili, Tanya Moodie, Paul Whitehouse, Liza Tarbuck and Jerome Flynn, The Change ran for six episodes this summer and abruptly concluded with Linda's new community of friends meeting Steve (Djalili), the husband that Linda had neglected to mention.

Directed by Al Campbell (Cunk On..., Code 404) and produced by Lisa Mitchell (Horrible Histories) for Expectation Entertainment (The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan, Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable) , The Change was hailed by the Guardian as "gorgeous", "life-affirming" and having "the most profound finale of the year".

The Evening Standard called it "joyful" and observed that while "it is cutting both in its humour and its astute social commentary, it is also immensely warm, grounded in familial community and nostalgic in a way that is hard to define."

The series was recently sold to Australia, where it airs on the SBS Viceland channel.

Christie is currently touring her stand-up show, Who Am I?, around the UK, appearing at the Corn Exchange in Newbury tomorrow night.

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