Ahead of tonight’s finale, BBC Two has handed out a second season renewal to 1980s comedy series White Gold, from The Inbetweeners‘ Damon Beesley. Six episodes have been ordered for season two, which is set to air in 2018.
“I am delighted White Gold is returning to BBC Two next year”, said BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland. “The first series was a great new tone on the channel and I can’t wait for the audience to see where Vince’s schemes and capers take us next time.”
After the series launched in May, the BBC made the complete series available on the iPlayer, while continuing to air episodes weekly on BBC Two in its Wednesday night slot. Notably, White Gold doubled the average young (16-34) audience for a BBC Two comedy. The second season was commissioned by BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland and Controller of Comedy Commissioning Shane Allen.
“Vincent Swan charms his way back on screen alongside this outstanding ensemble cast for another series”, Allen said in a statement. “The reaction to the first series has been terrific, with an enormous audience boost from the iPlayer box set release. In series 2, the swindles spread abroad to cover the Spanish timeshare apartment gold rush. Expect to see Ed Westwick in some tight swimming trunks.”
Set in a double-glazing showroom in Essex in the 1980s, White Gold was created by Beesley and stars Ed Westwick, (Gossip Girl, Son Of Rambow), Joe Thomas (The Inbetweeners, Fresh Meat), James Buckley (The Inbetweeners, Rock & Chips) and Lauren O’Rourke (Drifters, This Is England 90). Beesley’s indie Fudge Parrk Productions produces with Caroline Leddy, Iain Morris and Simon Wilson serving as executice producers.
“It’s both an honour and a pleasure to be working with the BBC again on a second series of White Gold”, added Damon Beesley, writer, director and co-founder of Fudge Park Productions. I like to think of it as selling them a series two conservatory to go with their series 1 patio doors. I’m especially looking forward to watching re-runs of Top of the Pops ’85 for ‘research.’”