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Sheen, Tennant take to BBC’s Staged again

Michael Sheen and David Tennant in Staged

BBC1 in the UK has ordered more episodes of a lockdown comedy series in which Michael Sheen and David Tennant play fictionalised versions of themselves.

The first season of Staged saw Good Omens co-stars Sheen and Tennant trying to rehearse for a performance of Luigi Pirandello’s play Six Characters in Search of an Author via video conference during lockdown.

In season two, the pair will attempt to navigate their ‘new normal’ at home with their increasingly exasperated families while simultaneously trying to tackle the world of ‘virtual Hollywood’ and their increasingly fragile egos.

Following on from the surprise appearances in season one of Judi Dench and Samuel L Jackson, the new episodes will see the regulars joined in their virtual hell by a host of unexpected guests, the BBC said.

Staged was created by Simon Evans and Phin Glynn, with Evans writing and directing. It is produced by Infinity Hill, GCB Films and No Mystery.

Netflix, Hulu and Australian pubcaster ABC were among the international buyers to acquire the first season of the comedy from newly launched international distributor Rainmaker Content earlier this year.

Netflix took secondary rights to the 6×22′ first season in the UK, while Disney-owned streamer Hulu picked up the show for the US.

Returning in the new episodes will be Georgia Tennant, Anna Lundberg and Lucy Eaton alongside Nina Sosanya and Simon Evans, with the addition of Ben Schwartz (Parks & Recreation), playing the assistant to Sheen and Tennant’s US agent.

Staged was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, BBC chief content officer. The producers are Glynn, Victor Glynn and Georgia Tennant. David Tennant and Sheen are also executive producers of the series alongside Axel Kuschevatzky at Infinity Hill and Cindy Teperman at GCB and Geoff Iles.

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