Steve Pemberton joins Bounty Hunters Season 2
Staff Reporter | On 19, Feb 2019Reading time: 3 mins
Steve Pemberton (The League of Gentlemen, Happy Valley) has joined Sky One’s Bounty Hunters for Season 2.
The comedy, written by writing duo Freddy Syborn and Jack Whitehall (Bad Education) and produced by Tiger Aspect, sees Barnaby Walker (Whitehall) and Nina Morales (Rosie Perez) return with a bang ready for more adventures and scrapes.
Pemberton joins the cast as Colin McQueen, a history teacher at Eton College whose interests lie more in the ‘specialist’ end of the antiques market which had previously brought him into contact with Nigel Walker (Robert Lindsay). Now, with the freewheeling Nigel dead, Colin wants to get his hands on that final, elusive piece of art and Nigel’s son, Barnaby, might be the man to help him.
Pemberton says: “It was a thrill to be asked by Jack and Freddy to play a sinister private-school teacher with an unhealthy interest in Nazi memorabilia – frankly they had me at ‘sinister’ – and it proved a peach of a role which I devoured (apart from the stone, that would be unhealthy).
The first season, which launched in 2017 to an audience of 1.38 million, became Sky One’s biggest sitcom launch for six years. The five-part Season 2, which was filmed in Spain and in the UK, is scheduled to air weekly from 14th March 2019 exclusively on Sky One and TV streaming service NOW TV in the UK and Ireland.
Here’s the first trailer for the show’s return:
Sky orders Jack Whitehall comedy series Bounty Hunters
19th February 2017
Sky has ordered a new comedy series from Jack Whitehall.
Titled Bounty Hunters, the action comedy has been commissioned by Sky 1 and will see Whitehall (Bad Education, Fresh Meat) team up with Academy Award nominee Rosie Perez (Do the Right Thing, White Men Can’t Jump).
Whitehall will play posh, uptight Brit Barnaby Walker, who is sorting out his family’s cash-strapped antiques business, after his father is hospitalised by a mysterious accident. However, when he unwittingly buys a blood antiquity looted from the war-torn Middle East, he sets off a chain of events that nothing could prepare him for. Cue help in the shape of tough New Yorker and bounty hunter Rita Morales (Perez), whose own world is also in turmoil: she’s on the run, having killed a member of a Mexican cartel. Thrown together, the duo’s journey stretches from New York to London to Mexico.
The show is written by Whitehall and Freddy Syborn, who co-wrote Bad Education, and directed by Will Sinclair (Poldark, Vera, Misfits). Cave Bear Productions’ Ben Cavey will be on exec-producing duties, with Pippa Brown producing. Both previously worked on Bad Education.
“We are very excited to be about to start production on Bounty Hunters for Sky 1,” says Whitehall. “It’s a really ambitious show which brings together my and Freddy Syborn’s love of comedy and action movies, so we really hope we can pull it off. But mostly I’m excited about Rosie Perez joining us. She is an amazing actress, and I can’t wait to see the Queen of Brooklyn pacing the mean streets of Wimbledon.”
Bounty Hunters was commissioned by Adam MacDonald and Jon Mountague, Sky’s head of comedy. Sky announced the commission alongside the renewal of Delicious, as Sky 1 continues to build its line-up of original productions.
“We can’t wait to welcome Delicious and Bounty Hunters to Sky 1 in 2017,” says MacDonald. “Delicious delivered our largest average audience for a Sky 1 original drama in 2016, so we knew we had to put it back on the menu. Viewers can expect more love, more lies and more lip-smacking dishes to be served up next time around. And with the unveiling of Bounty Hunters and its incredible cast, we’re set for an exciting series full of thrills, spills and laughter when it airs exclusively on Sky 1.”
Both will air on Sky 1 later this year.