The sitcom follows flatmates Leanne (Kerry Howard) and Rhona (Zoe Boyle) as their lives are thrown into disarray after witnessing a gangland shooting, and they are forced into a witness protection programme.
Launched in April 2016, Series 1 was one of the first programmes to be published on the internet by the newly iPlayer-only BBC Three after its closure as a television channel. Series 2 followed earlier this year, with all five episodes published on the same day. The third – and apparently final – series is expected to be published online early next year.
Series 1 saw the mis-matched flatmates thrown in at the deep end, trying to cope with each other and the complexities of leading a new life under-cover whilst on the verge of many a temptation. The second series followed their attempts to escape from the Wit-Pro programme and return to their real lives, but become further entangled in the criminal underworld in the process.
The BBC teases: “The third series promises to continue to ramp things up with Leanne and Rhona getting closer to the end of their ordeal – but whether they make it out unscathed remains to be seen.”
Kerry Howard said today: “Beyond thrilled that Witless has a third series! It’s so wonderful to be a part of such a talented team on this dynamic show. I thought I could second guess our writers but I literally don’t have a clue where they will take the troublesome double-act that is Leanne and Rhona, I just pray they don’t kill us off! It’s amazing to get a hat-trick and I’m so grateful to BBC Three for putting their faith in this show and letting us grow.”
Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning says: “Witless is the dream BBC Three sitcom – a whip smart concept, knockout funny writing, the dream double-act in Kerry and Zoe, a cast that launches new talents in a big way and highly ambitious direction. It’s got the lot. Here’s to going out on an adrenaline high.”
Ben Farrell, head of producers Objective Fiction, added: “We’re delighted and grateful that Shane, Damian [Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three] and Kate have given us the opportunity to tell the whole Witless story. Had things ended with Series 2, it would have been like getting to the end of a novel and finding the last chapter missing. We hope the audience enjoy the exciting, rollercoaster end to the story.”