Expectation and Happy Tramp North drama, Guilt, has been commissioned for a second four-part run by BBC Two and BBC Scotland
Written by Neil Forsyth (Eric, Ernie And Me, Bob Servant), Guilt will air on both BBC Two and BBC Scotland in 2021 with filming on series two (4×60) expected to start in Scotland later this year, following government guidelines around coronavirus.
The first series starred Mark Bonnar and Jamie Sives as two disparate brothers, united by guilt when they accidentally run over and kill an old man on a darkened street. Other cast included Emun Elliot, Bill Paterson, Sian Brooke, Ruth Bradley and Ellie Haddington. Casting for series two will be announced in the coming months.
Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two says: “Neil Forsyth’s Guilt was a dark gem in last year’s schedules and I am delighted that the team are returning for a new series. It was a real treat to have Neil’s sharp writing and the wonderful performances, weaving a brilliant tale of lies, deception and skulduggery. Audiences across the UK await series 2 with relish….”
Steve Carson, Head of Multi-Platform Commissioning, BBC Scotland adds: “Guilt was, without a doubt, one of the highlights of our year on BBC Scotland and we’re thrilled to bring it back for a second series. Neil Forsyth’s ability to marry comedy and drama together and the brilliant cast that brought his scripts to life made for compelling viewing and made Guilt a must-see moment on TV and iPlayer. With guilt finally catching up with the characters at the end of the last series, who knows what direction Neil will take them in the new series?”
Neil Webster, Executive Producer, Happy Tramp North says: “Here we go again. We can’t wait to bring more of Forsyth’s light and shade to the world. Series 2 is going to be a corker.”
Nerys Evans, Creative Director, Comedy, Expectation added: “Neil set a high bar with his fantastic scripts on series one, so I’m really excited to hear the new twists and turns he has in store for series two.”
Guilt has won a number of awards including an RTS Award Scotland for Best Drama; RTS Award Scotland: Camera; Celtic Media Festival Torc Award for Best Drama Series and Neil Forsyth was also nominated for the RTS Best Drama Writer award. It will once again be co-produced by Expectation and Happy Tramp North.
The drama is commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning; Steve Carson, Head of Multi-Platform Commissioning BBC Scotland; and Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two. The Commissioning Executives for the BBC will be Gregor Sharp and Gavin Smith and the indie executive producers will be Neil Webster for Happy Tramp North and Nerys Evans for Expectation. Guilt will be internationally distributed by BBC Studios.
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