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.”