UKTV is bringing back Flack (6×60’) for a second series on its premium entertainment channel W.
The series is co-commissioned with US network Pop and produced by Hat Trick Productions with Anna Paquin’s production company CASM.
Flack, set in London, revolves around the world of high-stakes celebrity PR. The series will see the return of Anna Paquin (True Blood, The Affair) as celebrity PR Robyn, with Sophie Okonedo CBE (Wanderlust, Chimerica) as PR boss Caroline, Lydia Wilson (About Time, Requiem) as Eve, and Rebecca Benson (Game of Thrones, The White Princess) as Melody. Genevieve Angelson will also return as Robyn’s sister Ruth, alongside Rufus Jones and Arinze Kene.
Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor Sam Neill will reunite with Paquin, his The Piano co-star, when he joins the cast for a multi-episode arc as Duncan, who has a complicated relationship with PR agency boss, Caroline. Other season two guest stars include Daniel Dae Kim (Stowaway, Always Be My Maybe ), Jane Horrocks, Giles Terera and Amanda Abbington, reprising her role as Alexa.
Executive producer and star Anna Paquin said: "One of the most exciting pieces of feedback I received after the season finale of Flack was people begging for more episodes, so they could continue to ride the intensely exciting rollercoaster of our show and find out what the future had in store for our characters. And it is with such joy and pride that I can confirm we are in fact about to start production on season two. Many questions were left unanswered, shocking plot twists were dropped into our viewers’ laps, and this season I can promise even more of the darkly comedic client dramas, as well as fascinating insight into the tumultuous personal lives of our exceptional ensemble of badass women."
The UKTV Original series has been ordered by Richard Watsham, UKTV’s director of commissioning and Steve North, genre general manager for entertainment and comedy. Flack is commissioned by Pete Thornton, UKTV head of scripted who will also oversee as executive producer for UKTV. Flack, written by Oliver Lansley, is produced by Debs Pisani (Back to Life, Episodes) and executive produced by Jimmy Mulville and Helen Williams of Hat Trick Productions. Anna Paquin will also executive produce for CASM alongside Stephen Moyer, Cerise Hallam Larkin and Mark Larkin with Justin Rosenblatt for Pop. The series will be directed by Alicia MacDonald, Oliver Lansley and Stephen Moyer, with more casting news to follow in coming months.
Pete Thornton said: “The first series of Flack exceeded all our creative expectations and we couldn’t have been prouder to have it on our network. Oli Lansley’s writing attracted a frankly astonishing cast to W’s first ever homegrown drama (all of whom we are delighted to be welcoming back for series two), and we can’t wait to see what this extraordinary quartet of female characters get up to in this, their further adventures with UKTV.”
Adam Collings, channel director for W added: “I was over the moon with the reaction to our first drama on W and so pleased we can bring it back and delve deeper into the world of Mills Paulson PR with this amazing cast. I can’t wait to see where Oliver takes Flack in series two.”
Flack series two will air in 2020 on W in the UK and Pop in the US.
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