Channel 4 has commissioned a second season of Roisin Conaty’s sitcom, GameFace.
The show, which stars Conaty, follows 30-something aspiring actress Marcella, who grapples with her career, while overcoming heartbreak and dealing with her eccentric family – all with her questionable life-coach, best friends and long-suffering driving instructor by her side.
The series launched in October 2017, and was the biggest comedy launch for E4 since 2013. It has since been snapped up by Hulu in the US, where Season 2 will also be released, and by CBC in Canada and ABC in Australia.
“Conaty is fantastic enough to make the familiar feel novel, from the wannabe actress’ awkward gigs at children’s parties to her failure to hold down a day job<" we wrote in our review. "It’s helped by her penchant for the darker side of humour and a neat line in observational comedy, including a brilliant running gag about someone who has never seen Friends."
Now, Channel 4 has ordered another six episodes from producers Objective Fiction (Toast of London, Witless). The decision was made by Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy for Channel 4, and Rachel Springett, Commissioning Editor. The Executive Producers are Roisin Conaty, and for Objective Fiction - Charlotte Lewis and Ben Farrell.
Conaty says: “GameFace is a show very close to my heart so I am bloody over the moon we are getting to make another series and very grateful to Channel 4. I can't wait to get back to whispering to myself as I type in coffee shops and the relentless dry heaving as deadlines approach.”
Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy for Channel 4, adds: “Roisin goes from strength to strength and with Marcella she’s created a fantastically funny, flawed and recognisable character, one we think more viewers should have the chance to meet. We can’t wait to welcome the show back, and are thrilled that this second series will be airing on Channel 4.”
Season 2 of GameFace will go into production in February 2019 and will air on Channel 4 later that year.