BBC Two has handed out a second season renewal to legal comedy Defending The Guilty. Six episodes have been ordered for the show’s second season.
The renewal comes shortly after season one wrapped its run on BBC Two. The series premiere has has consolidated across 28 days to amass an audience of 1.5 million viewers and a 9.2 percent audience share. That represents an increase of 31 percent on BBC Two’s Tuesday night slot average.
Defending The Guilty follows Will Packham, an idealistic pupil barrister being shown the ropes by his cynical, worldly-wise pupilmaster Caroline. Mistakenly believing that his role is to serve justice, Will must navigate his way through a criminal justice system seemingly designed to be as opaque and confusing as possible. While also dealing with his fellow pupils, each of them after the same single job at the end of their training and more than happy to stab each other in the back to get it.
Can he succeed and hold on to his principles? Or will the system claim another victim? The comedy series, which was created by Kieron Quirke and Alex McBride, is produced by Big Talk Productions and stars Will Sharpe, Katherine Parkinson, Mark Bonnar, Gwyneth Keyworth, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Hanako Footman and Hugh Coles. The executive producers are Kenton Allen, Saurabh Kakkar, and Kieron Quirke for Big Talk, and Kate Daughton for the BBC. Jim Field Smith is co-executive producer. BBC Studios handles global sales.
“I’m overjoyed to be diving back into the world of 60 Bedford Row Chambers, peopled by one of the best ensemble casts on TV”, said series co-creator and executive producer Kieron Quirke. “Having superlative actors and the backing of the classiest production team in TV comedy really does make script-writing a tolerable thing.”
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to the series and are thrilled that the BBC is allowing us to spend more time with our talented gang as Kieron expertly ties their moral fibre in knots”, commented Big Talk Productions’ executive producer Saurabh Kakkar.
While Kate Daughton, Head of BBC Comedy, added: “The BBC Two audience have loved this brilliant first series. We can’t wait to get lost again with Will, Caroline and the gang in the moral maze that is Britain’s Criminal Justice System.”