Sky1 has picked up a second season of their original comedy series Yonderland.
Yonderland follows 33-year old Mum Debbie Maddox who unexpectedly finds herself in an extraordinary world inhabited by a collection of eccentric characters, some of whom happen to be puppets, with only an Elf by her side. The show’s first season concluded with Debbie rescuing Elf and Nick the Stick from overlord Negatus. In season two Debbie will be fighting an increasingly hard battle to keep her family life and her role as the chosen one separate.
The family comedy was created by and stars Mathew Baynton, Simon Farnaby, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard and Ben Willbond. Yonderland is produced by Working Title Television, with Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Juliette Howell and Lucy Lumsden serving as executive producers. Steve Connelly is attached to direct the show’s second season, which is set to enter production this Autumn for a 2015 premiere.
The renewal for Yonderland, which forms part of BSkyB’s pledge to invest £600 million per year in original British content, comes after the comedy recorded strong ratings for its first season – frequently ranking well above the channel’s 12 month slot average. It also comes after Yonderland secured a nomination for the coveted Rose D’Or Award. In addition to announcing the renewal of Yonderland, BSkyB has also confirmed that their international distribution division Sky Vision has secured the global distribution rights to the series.
“We are incredibly proud to be able to bring Yonderland back for a second joyful series” said Sky1 Director Adam MacDonald, who commissioned the second season alongside Lucy Lumsden. “The show epitomises Sky1, it is a brilliantly creative, cheeky, laugh-out-loud show that the whole family can relish”.
While Sky’s Head of Comedy Lucy Lumsden added: “We’re delighted to be able to reunite the multi-talented Yonderland team for another series. Many more magical treats of silliness await”.