Phoebe Waller-Bridge has confirmed that the hit comedy series Fleabag will return for a second season at some point in 2019. Waller-Bridge, who is the creator of the show, as well as its writer and star, confirmed the news at the Edinburgh International Television Festival earlier today.
The comedy, which airs on BBC Three in the United Kingdom and on Amazon in the United States, has won a host of awards for its short, six episode first season. Considering the quality of the series, especially compared to many of its peers, the critical praise heaped on Waller-Bridge’s strange creation is something of an understatement; Fleabag was easily among the best comedy of 2016. Among its awards are the Royal Television Society’s Breakthrough Award and a Bafta.
When asked about the subject, Waller-Bridge quipped drily, “I asked myself if Fleabag has more to say and frankly she hasn’t shut up since. Series two will be a whole new adventure, and I’m beyond thrilled to be coming back.”
The series follows the titular yet nameless main character, a woman whose dry wit barely conceals her financially-troubled, porn-addled, emotionally-troubled life. But as the season progresses, it becomes apparent that Fleabag is dealing with an immense trauma beneath the surface, and uncovering the exact nature of this trauma is almost as fascinating as the show’s cleverly blunt sense of humor.
Waller-Bridge, when confirming the renewal of the series, discussed that she was confident the show would begin shooting in November 2017, with an expected release at some point in 2018. BBC has since corrected that statement, and has announced that the show will not actually return until some point in 2019.
Either way, more Fleabag is certainly nothing to complain about.
Have you watched this much-lauded Amazon series? Is the critical praise spot on, or is it all hype?