Comedian, writer and actor Rose Matafeo’s romcom, Starstruck, has been picked up for a second 6-part series by HBO Max and BBC Three.
The announcement comes ahead of HBO Max’s series one premiere on 10 June, and shortly after it debuted on BBC Three in the UK where it became the channel’s best performing new comedy of the year with over three million requests on BBC iPlayer to date.
Co-written by Rose Matafeo, Alice Snedden, and Nic Sampson, and produced by Avalon, the second 6 x 30 series is set to continue the story of Jessie (Rose Matafeo), a millennial living in East London juggling two dead end jobs and navigating the complications of becoming romantically involved with famous film star Tom (Nikesh Patel; Four Weddings And A Funeral, Hulu; Indian Summers, Channel 4), and follow the couple as they realise they can’t keep away from each other. Minnie Driver (Modern Love, Amazon; Good Will Hunting) is set to reprise her role as Tom’s agent Cath, while Russell Tovey (Years and Years; BBC One, Him & Her; BBC Three) joins the cast for the brand-new series.
Rose Matafeo, creator and writer of Starstruck says: “Thrilled that Starstruck will be returning to the BBC Three for a second series, because I left my water bottle on set last year and I would love to get it back.”
Shane Allen, Director of Comedy at the BBC says: “The first series of Starstruck came as a joyous breath of fresh air and we can’t wait to see what Rose, Alice and Nic have in store for Jessie and Tom in the next chapter of their story.”
Jeniffer Kim, Senior Vice President of International Originals at HBO Max says: “Rose is an exciting talent whose international stardom is on the rise. Working with Rose and the team at Avalon has been amazing and so we had to keep it going. We can’t wait for audiences to see this hilarious and quirky love story.”
Jon Thoday, Executive Producer says: “It is brilliant to have the backing of HBO Max and BBC for the exceptionally talented Rose Matafeo and this feel-good comedy.”
Starstruck was commissioned by Shane Allen, Director of Comedy at the BBC and Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three. The Executive Producers are Rose Matafeo, Jon Thoday, Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett and Toby Welch. Claire McCarthy is series producer. Gregor Sharp is the Commissioning Editor for the BBC, and Jeniffer Kim is SVP of International Content for HBO Max.
As well as airing on BBC Three in the UK and HBO Max in the U.S., series 1 and 2 of Starstruck will also air on ABC in Australia and TVNZ in New Zealand.