BBC Three Renews ‘Bluestone 42′ For Season 2

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BBC Three has renewed its military dramedy series Bluestone 42 for a second season, set to air in 2014. The renewal comes as the series is pulling in big ratings for BBC Three, averaging nearly 2 million viewers per episode across various platforms. Six episodes have been ordered for the show’s second season.

Created by James Cary and Richard Hurst, Bluestone 42 follows a British bomb disposal detachment serving in Afghanistan and features a group of soldiers who really enjoy being soldiers. The series was carefully researched and informed by serving and former members of the armed forces and military experts. Bluestone 42 is produced by BBC In-House Comedy Productions and stars Oliver Chris (Green Wing), Kelly Adams (Hustle), Gary Carr (Death In Paradise), Katie Lyons (Boy A), Stephen Wight (The Paradise), Jamie Quinn (Taggart), Scott Hoatson (Case Histories), Tony Gardner (Fresh Meat) and Keeno Lee Hector (Beaver Falls).

“I’m incredibly proud of this bold, brave and hugely funny comedy drama series which has been enjoying big audiences on BBC Three” said BBC Three Controller Zai Bennett. “The cast, crew and writers have played an absolute blinder in this important series which completes and complements BBC Three’s already extensive coverage of the war in Afghanistan.”

While Mark Freeland, Head of BBC In-house Comedy, added: “In-house Comedy is at its best when we try extraordinary and slightly scary things. I believe Bluestone 42 is both. We tried to excite audiences, as well as respect the subject matter and those in conflict. The team cannot wait to pick up this challenge again.“

34 comments on “BBC Three Renews ‘Bluestone 42′ For Season 2

  1. Such a shame theres only 8 episodes in the first series I loved watching all of them with my borther who has recently got back from a tour in afgan

  2. Excellent TV show, great cast and brilliant dialogue….. Please commission more series. Great to see the BBC can still produce shows of this calibre and quality.

  3. Brilliant show …. why only 6 new ones?????? Cannot wait for the new series … casting is spot on … well done BBC 3 ….

  4. Why 2014?
    Please BBC order this great little gem in batches of 13 and for at least 3 more series

  5. 6 episodes is a waste. If this show were in America we would be getting at least 20 but Britain does not know anything about TV so we get stuck with 6…sad sad world.

  6. Brilliant comedy…. great series, great cast, great acting, great scripts….. Really, it is quite hilarious. 2 million viewers is a reflection of the people that have watched it and have recommended others do…. with a bit more advertising….. etc … this will pull in quite a lot more. I always catch it on iplayer when travelling as never have the chance to watch TV…. thankfully someone recommended me to it. cannot wait for season 2!

  7. Well I can’t believe that they have not commissioned more… But they did this with a lot of series that went on to run for years I.E dad’s army.. Treat them mean keep them keen.

  8. @bluestone42fan “6 episodes is a waste. If this show were in America we would be getting at least 20 but Britain does not know anything about TV so we get stuck with 6…sad sad world.”

    Ever heard the phrase ‘Leave ‘em wanting more’?

    I’d say that we know enough in the UK not to keep milking a series for a full season upon season like in the USA. I’ve already lost any interest in Homeland for this very reason – I’m surprised I stuck with Breaking Bad till the bitter end. Anyway, they can’t milk it too far – we’re supposedly pulling out of Afghanistan!

    It’ll be 7 new episodes if you count the Christmas special.

  9. Great series, a true classic in the making, of course we beg for more with such a talented production team and very M.A.S.H 2013 like in its dark comic humour. Every person returning from theatre recognises someone in the series. But you can have quantity or quality, rarely both. A1 BBC, keep it up.

  10. This comedy is about as perfect as it gets. Excellent cast, a great mix of characters, and a wonderfully written script. I epecially love Bird’s character. She gets the best lines – but they are all so good. Please keep this going. It’s a really outstanding gem.

  11. The dry humour and non pc you can only witness in the British Army ( unless you’re name is Frankie Boyle!! ) brought to the screen. Having been a serving soldier i can relate so much to the every day goings on that it feels nostalgic. Bring on series 2 please!!! So many of my colleagues are ex forces and love this every day take on liife in an operational theatre.

  12. I don’t think they should do what the Americas do with 20 episodes but they should definitely do more than 6 for a year. I don’t watch a lot of TV but in on format or another I always watch bluestone 42. So I would love to see more out of year

  13. Brilliant series and can’t wait for the 2nd series. I never had a clue of what it could potentially be like for those serving abroad in the Army and despite the comedy aspect of the show which relates to the camaraderie between them it, it does provides you a bit of an insight to some of the dangers soldiers face and the conditions they live in, although I suspect it may be a lot worse in real life. Gives you a Newfoundland respect for soldiers! I’ve watched the first series at least 3 times over on You Tube and it still makes me laugh. Can’t believe they only made 6 new episodes though. I thought it might have at least been 8 or 12. But I think it is correct to overdo it, like they do in USA in order to string it out. As the commander says…..”what’s the first rule….always leave them wanting more” xx

  14. Without doubt one of the best and funniest things the BBC has produced in years. This should be running for 13 weeks per series. Just watched the hilarious Christmas Special. Brilliant team and word full script. Off I f@&k!!

  15. Awesome series, I spent 6 years serving in the army and I can relate to each character. They are all bang on. Can’t wait for series 2

  16. I think scrap Eastenders 4 nights a week and invest into Bluestone 42 … What a show, they have totally nailed the typical squady banter and officer personalities. 5* from me.

  17. Brill series. Its on in 1 week and I can’t wait. 8 episodes. Been praying they’d do another series. My daughter loves it 2. She’s only 18. She thinks its fab. WELL DONE BBC3

  18. I absolutely LOVED this series; best thing the BBC has done in years. I’m with Stell – it should be available at least 4 nights a week instead of some of the dross that seemingly airs almost relentlessly at the moment!

  19. Absolutely love bluestone 42 . Best I’ve seen for ages pitty it’s only half hour episodes and only once a week. Can’t wait for next series, when does it come out.

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