BBC Two Cancels ‘Heading Out’, Renews ‘Count Arthur Strong’ For Second Season

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BBC Two has cancelled Sue Perkins’ comedy series Heading Out after airing just one season of the series, TVWise has confirmed. In addition, the broadcaster today announced that they had renewed Count Arthur Strong, which premiered last night to just under 1 million viewers, for a second season. 7 half-hour episode have been ordered for the show’s second season and I’ve confirmed that, just as was the case for Citizen Khan and Blandings, the 7th episode is in fact an order for a Christmas special.

Created by Sue Perkins, Heading Out followed Sara, a veterinarian so skilled, she can spay a tortoise one-handed. She’s successful, she’s popular, there’s just one chink in her armour: she’s too scared to tell her parents she’s gay. On the evening of her 40th birthday, Sara’s friends give her an ultimatum: either she tells her parents when they come to visit in six weeks’ time, or they will. To help Sara achieve this goal, they’ve saved up to buy a series of sessions with Toria, the eccentric and mildly-qualified lifestyle coach/ therapist, and so the countdown begins. The comedy series was a co-production between Red Production Company and Square Peg TV and starred Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc, Dawn French, Shelly Conn, Joanna Scanlan, Nicola Walker and Mark Heap.

Written by Graham Linehan & Steve Delaney, Count Arthur Strong follows the eponymous character who is an elderly pompous show-business legend, though really just an out-of-work deluded thespian originally from Doncaster, in the north of England. He is a mixture of physical and mental clumsiness, mirthful malapropisms and Tourettic tics, whose pride forbids him from ever conceding fallibility, even as his world crashes around him. The comedy series is produced by Retort and Komedia Entertainment and stars Steve Delaney, Rory Kinnear, Andy Linden, Ruth Posner, Dave Plimmer, Chris Ryman and Zahra Ahmadi.

“It’s a huge privilege to see Count Arthur Strong return. The combined talents of Graham Linehan, Steve Delaney and Rory Kinnear are too irresistible”, said Shane Allen, the BBC’s Controller of Comedy Commissioning. “This series has all the hallmarks of a BBC Two comedy classic with its superb character at the heart of it, brilliant writing and a dream supporting cast. Long may Arthur cause chaos around him.”

  • Lee Johnson

    My that was quick work! We’ve only just seen the first episode. Just under one million viewers is not fantastic, but hopefully, with word of mouth, things’ll improve on that front. Charge your glasses!

  • mr michael white

    As an ardent fan of count Arthur strong on BBC radio 4 I was excited to see that a series on BBC2 had arrived I was disappointed to say the least we are missing many of the characters from the radio for example ,Geoffrey ,sally Wilf and Malcom why don’t they keep to the format on radio some of the sketches were very funny love to see more of Barry cryer as Arthurs side kick bring back Jerry in the café cannot think why hes not in it on radio Malcom was great want more sketches like the radio please.

  • peeopdaylane

    Count Arthur is a wonderful comedic creation. I am cynical and not easily impressed. I admit to loving the radio shows. The Ben Elton written shows were not to my liking. It is all very subjective.
    Tv is awash with turgid dross, mainly populist dross on commercial channels. Count Arthur deserves it’s place in the schedules in my humble opinion.I laughed at the first show, therefore it is valid as a comedy. It has subtelties already which should be encouraged.