Sky1 are extending their relationship with Ruth Jones.
The satcaster has renewed Jones’ dramedy series Stella for a fourth season, consisting of ten episodes, TVWise has learned.
“Stella’s continued success has been a massive part of comedy’s journey on Sky 1 HD”, said Lucy Lumsden, Head of Comedy for Sky Entertainment. “With its Welsh warmth and wit, we are delighted to bring back the fourth series for our customers.”
The renewal of Stella comes as the series is in the middle of airing its third season on Sky1. The show’s fourth season starts filming later this year, while a Christmas Special, which was commissioned back in 2012, is set to enter production next month. The Special is set to air on Sky1 later this year and season four will follow in 2015.
The Ruth Jones fronted comedy, which forms part of Sky’s pledge to invest £600 million per year in UK commissions, has been one of the true success stories of Sky’s move into scripted originals, with the series claiming the title of second biggest UK comedy launch in multi-channel history when it premiered in 2012. Sky is also continuing to invest in comedy with the likes of The Kumars, currently airing on Sky1; and Doll & Em, which is airing on sister channel Sky Living and was recently acquired for US broadcast by premium cable network HBO.