Sky and Ruth Jones today confirmed that they are in early talks for a fifth season of the Sky1 dramedy series Stella.
“Regarding the future of Stella, right now, we’re all focused on delivering a great Christmas special and fourth series for 2015”, representatives of Sky1 said in a statement on their website. “We’re incredibly proud of the series and love working with Ruth Jones. We’re in talks regarding a fifth series of Stella and when we have further news we will let you know.”
While Ruth Jones added: “Far from it being the end of Stella, we are talking to Sky about doing a FIFTH series. And maybe even more. It’s true that Tidy Productions is developing other projects, including a comedy and a comedy drama for the BBC written by myself and David Peet which we’re really excited about. But we love working with Sky and we love Stella. You certainly haven’t seen the last of her. She’s from Pontyberry after all -and made of stronger stuff!”
The two statements come in response to an article in The Sun, citing Jones, which claimed that the recently ordered fourth season of Stella would be the show’s last. Stella, alongside Trollied and Mount Pleasant, have been true success stories for Sky as they’ve made an aggressive push into original comedy under Head of Comedy Lucy Lumsden. The original comedy output, which forms part of BSkyB’s pledge to invest £600 million per year in UK commissions, also includes the recent Doll & Em, which was acquired for broadcast in the US by HBO.