First look: Mandy renewed for Season 2
James R | On 29, Jul 2021
Diane Morgan’s Mandy will return to BBC Two, and a new image gives us a first look at the show’s second season.
Originally starting life as a comedy short on BBC iPlayer in 2019, Mandy stars Diane Morgan (Motherland, Cunk On Britain, After Life) in the title role. As well as appearing as the lead character, Diane writes and directs the series.
Season 2 will once again introduce us to Mandy, a woman with big dreams and small success, as she attempts to find fulfilment in a series of short-lived jobs in the modern gig economy. Along the way she becomes a tour guide, goes on a reality show and gets thrown in at the deep end, both actually and metaphorically, when she attempts to learn to swim. All fun stuff, but none of which brings her any closer to her ultimate ambition of breeding Doberman pinchers.
Season 2 features an all-star comedy cast, which sees Michelle Greenidge (Code 404) as Lola, Mandy’s friend and confidante in the local nail bar, and Tom Basden (Plebs) as Mandy’s exasperated benefits officer, along with Alistair Green (Flowers), Mark Silcox (Man Like Mobeen), Michael Spicer (The Room Next Door) all returning.
New cast members joining the show include the multi-award-winning Sir Tom Courtenay; Anna Maxwell Martin (Line Of Duty); Richard Hope (Poldark); Nick Mohammed (Intelligence); Alexei Sayle (The Young Ones); Jo Hartley (In My Skin); Peter McDonald (The Dig); Kate Robbins (Dinner Ladies); Nigel Planer (The Young Ones); Roger Sloman (Nuts In May); and comedian Charlie Chuck. TV presenter Konnie Huq, Dragons’ Den’s Deborah Meaden and space boffin Professor Brian Cox all play themselves.
Morgan says: “At this time of debate about the future of the BBC, a second series of Mandy could not be more timely. If anything proves the worth of the corporation it’s a show about a woman who wants to breed doberman pinchers. It’s not something you’d get on Amazon Prime or BFI Player.”
Filming on the six-part Season 2 is already underway.
David Bradley, Natalie Cassidy, Sean Lock join Diane Morgan’s Mandy
22nd July 2020
Diane Morgan is returning to the BBC with new comedy series Mandy, and she’s bringing an impressive cast with her.
The series, written, directed by and starring the Philomena Cunk creator, follows Mandy, a woman with dreams. Most of all she dreams of breeding Doberman Pinchers. But there are hurdles to overcome before that dream can become a reality. So, in this series we’ll see her go on a health kick, rent out her small back room on Airbnb and attempt a series of short-lived jobs in the modern gig economy.
Mandy debuted as part of Comedy Shorts on BBC iPlayer in 2019, with BBC Two ordering a full series earlier this year. Morgan will co-star regulars Michelle Greenidge (After Life, Code 404), Alistair Green (Flowers, Stath Lets Flats), Mark Silcox (Man Like Mobeen, Rovers) and Michael Spicer (The Mash Report, The Room Next Door).
Joining them will be guest stars including Tom Basden (Plebs, After Life), David Bradley (Game Of Thrones), Natalie Cassidy (EastEnders), Sean Lock (15 Storeys High, 8 Out Of 10 Cats), and Maxine Peake (Peterloo, Anne, The Bisexual). Mandy also stars Jackie Clune (Motherland), Emily Dean (The Day Of The Triffids), Masashi Fujimoto (47 Ronin), Akemnji Ndifornyen (Famalam, Shrill, Leonardo), broadcaster Iain Lee and Tony Way (Giri/Haji, Edge Of Tomorrow).
The six-part comedy will start on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer in August.
Mandy: BBC Two orders full series from Diane Morgan
6th February 2020
BBC Two has ordered a full series of Mandy from Diane Morgan.
Mandy debuted as part of Comedy Shorts on BBC iPlayer in 2019 and sees the Cunk On Britain, Motherland and After Life star play the title role. The original comedy short, which is available on BBC iPlayer, marked her first foray behind the camera. Now, Morgan will direct the series, as well as writing and starring.
Mandy is a woman with dreams. Big dreams. Most of all she dreams of breeding Doberman Pinchers. But there are hurdles to overcome before that dream can become a reality. So, in this series we’ll see her go on a health kick, rent out her small back room on Airbnb and attempt a series of short-lived jobs in the modern gig economy.
The Producer is Sam Ward and the Executive Producer is Ben Caudell. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Alex Moody.
Morgan says: “Why do they insist on sticking mayonnaise in everything? That’s not a question that this series of Mandy will answer, but surely someone should be looking into it? Panorama?”
Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, adds: “Diane has terrific funny bones and as creator and director of Mandy she goes for the comedy jugular at every opportunity.”
The series also stars Michelle Greenidge (After Life, Code 404) as Lola, Mandy’s friend and confidante in the local nail bar. Further cast members will be announced in due course.
Filming began on the series today, with the series airing later this year.