BBC Three orders a second series of This Country

BBC Three has ordered a second series of critically-acclaimed mockumentary sitcom This Country from BBC Studios, and later this year cameras will return to the Cotswold village of Northleach to further explore the lives of cousins Kerry and Lee ‘Kurtan’ Mucklowe.

This Country launched in February 2017 on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer with a slot on BBC One. The show has had four million iPlayer requests to date.

The series is written by and stars siblings Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper, who say:

“We are beyond thrilled to have a second series. We wrote something else in case this wasn’t recommissioned which ended up being exactly the same plot as the BBC drama Life On Mars. So this second series is a godsend really as we can’t do anything else.”

Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning, says: “It’s been a pure joy to see Daisy and Charlie get the recognition their talents deserve with this show. It has been an instant hit with the audience and they’ve got cracking ideas for the series ahead.”

Chris Sussman, Head of Comedy at BBC Studios, says: “We’re thrilled to get the chance to make more episodes of This Country, and see what Kerry and Kurtan have been up to since we last left them. It’s one of my favourite new comedies of recent years."

Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three, says: “I’m delighted we’re going back to the Cotswolds to catch up with the latest antics from Kerry and Kurtan. Series one was a huge hit with the BBC Three audience and we are excited to bring them back for more.”

The show received much critical acclaim:

Stuart Heritage, The Guardian
“I found myself rewinding entire scenes because I was too busy howling with laughter to hear what was going on.”

Alice Jones, i
“Perhaps the most deliciously quotable comedy since Alan Partridge.”
Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke
“Congratulations to writers/stars Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper for creating the first classic new comedy of 2017.”

Sean O’Grady, The Independent
“Kerry and Kurtan, by the way, are played by real-life brother and sister team Charlie and Daisy Cooper, the funniest siblings of this or any age.”

Katie Jarvis, Cotswold Life
“A classic piece of comedy, gloriously Gloucestershire, which left me on the floor laughing helplessly.”

A second 6 x 22 series will begin filming in the Cotswolds this autumn and is set to return to BBC Three in 2018. The series is commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning and Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three.

This Country is a BBC Studios production, produced by Simon Mayhew-Archer, directed by Tom George and executive produced by Stephen McCrum.

The whole first series is available to view on BBC iPlayer as a boxset. Watch episode one from the first series below:

July 19, 2017 4:05am ET by BBC Three  

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