The BBC has renewed its suffragette comedy series Up The Women for a second season of six episodes, slated to air in 2014. In addition, the series, which was originally commissioned for BBC Four, will be moving to BBC Two for its second season.
Created by Jessica Hynes, Up The Women is set in Banbury in 1910 and follows a group of villagers who, having been inspired by the Women’s Suffrage Movement in London, set up their own movement called ‘The Banbury Intricate Craft Circle Politely Request Women’s Suffrage’. The comedy series is produced by BBC In House Comedy & Baby Cow Productions and stars Rebecca Front, Jessica Hynes, Judy Parfitt, Vicki Pepperdine, Adrian Scarborough, Georgia Groome, Ryan Sampson and Emma Pierson. The season one finale of Up The Women is scheduled to air on BBC Four tomorrow night at 8:30pm.
Speaking of the second season pick up, Jessica Hynes said: “I am very pleased that the Banbury Intricate Craft Circle Politely Request Women’s Suffrage, BICCPRWS, will continue to convene on the British Broadcasting Corporation. Our members are thrilled and our passion for social change through militancy burns brighter than ever. We are composing an incendiary pamphlet and designing our very own BICCPRWS egg cosies to celebrate this momentous occasion. Up The Women!”
Controller of BBC Two, Janice Hadlow, commented: “I’m delighted to welcome the Banbury Intricate Craft Circle to BBC Two. With brilliant writing from Jessica Hynes and a fabulous cast including Rebecca Front, Judy Parfitt and Adrian Scarborough, Up The Women is a wonderful addition to comedy on the channel.”
While Mark Freeland, the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Production, added: “It’s fantastic that we’ll be seeing more of The Banbury Intricate Craft Circle – not something I’ve ever said before. I am most grateful to BBC Four and now BBC Two for their support, and of course, to Jessica Hynes for creating such a unique comedy and to the cast for upping the women so beautifully.”