Additionally, a Christmas special has been filmed to be broadcast over the festive period.
Written by Jack Dee and Pete Sinclair, the comedy follows Steve and his wife Nicky, a couple both on their second marriages who have decided that moving to the Yorkshire countryside from Leeds is the answer to all their dreams.
The first series proved to be a success for the network. With nearly 5 million viewers watching each episode, it was the highest rated comedy on television in September 2017.
In this second series, the rose-tinted fantasy of an idyllic country lifestyle proves to be further away than ever from Nicky and Steve. Their crumbling wreck of a house continues to throw problems at them – they have to deal with everything from an infestation of moths to a septic tank that’s “backing up”, as Ken charmingly puts it.
The new series will see Miles Jupp and Manjinder Virk return as neighbours Matt and Meena. Seann Walsh also returns as local-living rock star Grizzo, and Philip Jackson reprises his role as Steve’s father in-law, Ken. Villagers Shannon (Sue Vincent), Bronson (George Somner) and Alice (Thelma Ruby) are present too.
Talking further about the plot of the new series, producers explain: “Nicky and Steve’s efforts to get on with the villagers fare no better. A charity dine-off with Matt and Meena ends in disaster, and when Ken is made President of the Garthdale Bowls Club, Steve’s attempts to ingratiate himself backfire spectacularly.
“Even when they find themselves on the same side as the rest of the village for an anti-fracking campaign, an unexpected development presents Nicky and Steve with a major dilemma. And Steve is further put to the test when he is chosen to play a key role in The Lantern Man Festival – an annual village tradition, the sinister origins of which are lost in the mists of time.”
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