Channel 4 orders second season of Flowers
James R | On 21, Sep 2016
Channel 4 has ordered a second bunch of Flowers from Will Sharpe.
The comedy drama, with aired in spring this year, introduced us to the eccentric Flowers family – Maurice, Deborah and the twins – and managed the tricky job of swinging from the funny to the downright morbid, all the while teetering on the brink between profane and profound.
Now, the broadcaster has commissioned more of the same from Sharpe, who will write a second six-episode series. Flowers was commissioned by Nerys Evans, Deputy Head of Comedy and Phil Clarke, Acting Head of Drama & Head of Comedy for Channel 4 in association with NBCUniversal’s Digital Enterprises’ comedy streaming platform Seeso (Evan Shapiro, Kelsey Balance and Dan Kerstetter). Indeed, the show was originally broadcast over five consecutive nights on Channel 4, making it ideal for binge-watching on Channel 4’s VOD service, All 4, where you can still stream the whole box set.
The show will be executive produced by Naomi de Pear within her new label being launched at Sister Pictures and Diederick Santer for Kudos (Utopia, Broadchurch, The Hour, Life on Mars, Spooks) and will film in 2017.
Evan Shapiro, Head of Seeso says: “The Flowers are perhaps the most unique family on TV. It is wonderful to be working with the outrageously talented Will Sharpe, the spectacular cast, and our generous partners to bring them back.”
Diederick Santer, Executive Producer for Kudos, adds: “We’re so pleased that C4 and Seeso are wanting more of Will’s truly unique show, and can’t wait to make it.”
Olivia Colman and Julian Barratt will return as Deborah and Maurice, who are looking at a new era of their marriage and whether they can survive the challenges laid bare in Season 1. The Flowers’ twins, Donald (Daniel Rigby) and Amy (Sophia di Martino) – whose arrested development was a major part of the first run – are now forging their own futures amongst the fallout of their parent’s complicated love and their own new enterprises. Meanwhile, Shun’s unofficial role as Flowers factotum grows ever more convoluted.
“Channel 4, Kudos, Seeso and Naomi de Pear have all been such supportive partners on this show and I’m very excited about working with them on another series of Flowers,” comments Sharpe. “We are looking forward to spending time with these characters again and are already making plans about how to make the most of this opportunity to see a new chapter in their lives.”