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Britbox backs BBC’s There She Goes S2

BBC4’s There She Goes stars David Tennant

UK pubcaster the BBC has renewed prodco Merman’s comedy-drama There She Goes for a second season and bolstered its channel position, with Britbox joining as coproduction partner.

The 5×30’ series, which debuted last year on BBC4, will now move to BBC2.

Based on the real-life experiences of writer and creator Shaun Pye, it revolves around the day-to-day lives of a severely learning-disabled girl, Rosie (Miley Locke), her dad (David Tennant), mum (Jessica Hynes) and brother (Edan Hayhurst).

The first series chronicled the dual timeline of Rosie as a newborn and at age nine. S2 will be set 18 months later when Rosie is aged three and 11 and will be coproduced by BBC/ITV joint-venture SVoD service Britbox.

“Series one pushed at the boundaries of what television comedy can explore and achieve. Its unsentimental approach was shot through with love and humour to create something very unique and poignant,” said Shane Allen, BBC controller of comedy commissioning. “We experienced a tidal-wave reaction of people who were moved and won over by it; the themes and stories of series two are richer still.”

Merman’s co-founders, Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford, best known for Channel 4/Amazon comedy Catastrophe, are exec producers on the show.

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