EXCLUSIVE: BBC/Little Comet have hired accomplished director Misha Manson-Smith (La La Land, Death In Gaza) to helm the six episode second season of BBC Three’s comedy series Pramface, TVWise has learned exclusively. Manson-Smith, repped by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, replaces Daniel Zeff, who served as series director for the show’s six episode first season. Created by Chris Reddy, Pramface follows the daily lives of two soon-to-be teenage parents who should still be concentrating on their education. The comedy series is produced by Little Comet and stars Scarlett Alice Johnson, Sean Michael Verey, Anna Chancellor, Angus Deayton, Dylan Edwards and Yasmin Paige. Production on the show’s second season began on location in Edinburgh in August and is now winding down, with BBC Three eyeing a 2013 premiere.
Sky1’s Starlings has recruited its directors for the show’s eight episode second season. I have learned that Sam Donovan, Phillipa Langdale and Tony Smith have all been signed to direct various episodes of season 2. I hear that season 1 directors Tony Dow and Matt Lipsey will not be returning to direct any of the new episodes. In other Starlings news, TVWise reported yesterday that Sydney Rae White had joined the main cast of the family comedy series for its second season. Created by Matt King and Steve Edge, Starlings follows the lives of the Starlings family, a typical working class brood living in a detached house in Matlock, Derbyshire and stars Matt King, Brendan Coyle, Lesley Sharp, Alan Williams, Finn Atkins, John Dagleish, Rebecca Night and Ukweli Roach. The series is produced by Baby Cow Productions, with Henry Normal and Steve Coogan serving as executive producers. Production is currently underway on the show’s 8 episode second season, with Sky1 eyeing a Spring 2013 premiere.