Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s acclaimed comedy series Fleabag, a huge hit for BBC Three, is to not only return to the digital channel but will also be headed to the growing Amazon online video platform.
Fleabag offers a window into the mind of a dry-witted, sexual, angry, grief-riddled woman, Waller-Bridge, as she hurls herself at modern living in London, trying to come to terms with a recent tragedy. It is a Two Brothers Pictures production in association with DryWrite for the BBC. All3media international is Two Brothers Pictures’ international partner, handling global sales for Fleabag. BBC Three will show Fleabag series two in 2019 and it is also expected to premiere in 2019 on Prime Video in over 200 countries exclusively for Prime members.
The show is based on Waller-Bridge’s play Fleabag, which won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the Critics’ Circle and Off-West End Awards for Most Promising Playwright and a Special Commendation from the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. The first season premiered in September 2016 and was hailed by The New York Times, Vanity Fair, GQ, Vulture, The Atlantic, Variety, and Buzzfeed among others, as one of the best new shows of the year. Fleabag was nominated for six BAFTA Awards in 2017, including a win for Waller-Bridge for Best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme.
“I asked myself if Fleabag has more to say and frankly she hasn’t shut up since,” said Waller-Bridge commenting on the return. “Series two will be a whole new adventure and I’m beyond thrilled to be coming back.”
BBC Controller of Comedy Shane Allen added: “Fleabag signalled the arrival of a hugely distinctive writer with the mesmerising performing talent to match. Phoebe’s career has shot up like a firework display in the last year and the show has been rightly hailed as a modern classic. It’ll be thrilling to see where she takes the character in the next series.”
“The first season of Fleabag introduced audiences to the brilliant and rebellious voice of Phoebe Waller-Bridge,” remarked Joe Lewis, head of comedy, drama and VR, Amazon Studios. “She’s one of the best and most dynamic showrunners in TV today and we’re so excited to bring a new season of the smart and hilarious Fleabag to customers soon.”