BBC Three sitcom Uncle has won a second series after becoming one of the surprise hits of 2014 so far.
The series, from Baby Cow Productions, follows the darkly comic adventures of out-of-work musician Andy (Nick Helm) and his 12-year-old nephew Errol (Elliot Speller-Gillot).
The first series has so far achieved 2.6 million viewers (Live +7 viewing across BBC Three and BBC iPlayer), and will be opened up to an even bigger audience when it is repeated on BBC One later in the year.
The series is commissioned by Zai Bennett, controller of BBC Three, and Shane Allen, BBC controller of comedy commissioning. It’s produced by Alison MacPhail and executive produced by Henry Normal and Lindsay Hughes at Baby Cow Productions. The series is written and directed by Oliver Refson.
Helm said: “I am gobsmacked that I have finally been involved in something that people like enough to warrant the need for more of it. I am looking forward to working with all the cast and crew again as making the first series was genuinely one of the most fun experiences I’ve ever had whilst still legitimately being able to call it work.”
Shane Allen added: “Oli’s [Oliver Refson's] often edgy yet warm-hearted comedy, along with Nick and Elliot’s unique chemistry, have proved an instant hit with the audience and critics alike. We’re thrilled to have this wayward relative in the BBC Three family.”
Baby Cow Productions, which has a base at The Greenhouse, has enjoyed other recent comedy hits in the shape of Moone Boy – which recently triumphed at the International Emmys – and The Trip.
Henry Normal, managing director, said: “You have to give respect to the BBC for taking a leap of faith on this show. It’s a brave and different commission for BBC Three comedy. Together we have an exceptional team in front and behind camera. I love this show. It’s a comedy with heart and bite and truth.”