BBC Three has renewed its sitcom Josh for a third season.
The sitcom, which is written by comedian Josh Widdicombe, Tom Craine and Henry Paker, follows the highs and lows of Josh, an anxious old man trapped in an anxious young man’s body.
The show first began life as one of the online channel’s Comedy Feeds pilots, before being picked up for a full first season last year. The show’s renewal arrives just as the second run drew to a close on BBC Three, with all six episodes still available to stream on BBC iPlayer. Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning, has ordered a further six episodes.
Returning alongside Widdicombe will be all the regular ensemble cast: his hopelessly selfish flatmates, Owen (Elis James) and Kate (Beattie Edmondson), plus the world’s most annoying landlord, Geoff (Jack Dee). Cameos throughout the two series have so far included; Jennifer Saunders, Michael Ball, Miles Jupp, Emma Bunton, Tamzin Outhwaite, Romesh Ranganathan, The Chuckle Brothers and James Acaster.
“I am delighted that the BBC has given me another opportunity to humiliate myself for six 30-minute episodes,” says Widdicombe. “We absolutely loved every moment of creating the second series and are so proud that so many people enjoyed it. My only hope for series three is the British public gets to enjoy Elis James’s wonderful torso again.”
Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, adds: “Josh’s star keeps rising and this series has proven hugely popular with the audience on both BBC Three and BBC One, with its terrific core ensemble and very inventive writing. Long may his misfortunes continue to give us all enormous pleasure. We’re laughing with him, right?”
The show will return in 2017.