The Split to Return for Third & Final Season


Abi Morgan’s The Split has been ordered for a third season, which will be its last, for BBC One and SundanceTV.

The second series averaged over 6 million viewers and more than 19 million streams, becoming the third most-watched drama series on BBC iPlayer in 2020. For season three, Dee Koppang O’Leary (Bridgerton, The Crown) has come on board as lead director. Nicola Walker, Stephen Mangan, Annabel Scholey, Fiona Button, Deborah Findlay and Chukwudi Iwuji are all set to reprise their roles.

The Split is produced by Sister for BBC One, co-produced with Little Chick and SundanceTV. In the U.S., The Split season three will air on SundanceTV and be available to stream on AMC Networks’ streaming service Sundance Now, which also has the first two seasons available to watch on-demand.

Morgan said: “It’s great to be back writing for the Defoe Family, and to dive once more into to the complications of their lives and those of their clients. In the final series of this bittersweet trilogy, Hannah faces the heartbreak of her own divorce, and the fight to save her family and her marriage. Siblings clash, past mistakes are exposed and hearts are broken as Noble Hale Defoe notches up more billable hours in the divorce capital of the world.”

Walker added, “I can’t wait to be back in the Defoe Family, we are all looking forward to the journey Abi has planned for us. I don’t know if Hannah will cling to the wreckage or walk away, but I do know it’s going to be a fantastic ride.”

Sister Co-Founder Jane Featherstone and Executive Producer Lucy Dyke said, “When Abi first came to us with The Split, she envisioned it as a trilogy. And it’s been a constant joy to work so closely with her to bring to life her beautifully truthful study of modern marriage. None of this, of course, would have been possible without the conviction and support of the BBC and AMC Networks who have always trusted the narrative and given total freedom to the way in which Abi wanted to tell it. We are so grateful to our wonderful cast for their passionate commitment across three series. We’re incredibly excited to be embarking on this final part of Hannah and Nathan’s story with Nicola, Stephen and all of the returning cast, and the brilliant Dee Koppang O’Leary on board as lead director. But be warned, there are going to be tears!”

Lucy Richer, executive producer for the BBC, said, “The Split is one of our most-loved and most-talked about drama series and we’re thrilled to be back in production with season three. As ever, Abi Morgan’s incredible writing sparkles with truth and honesty, wit and heartbreak. It is fantastic to be back with the Defoes, with Hannah and Nathan facing their biggest challenge yet: how to survive the break up of their marriage, and navigate their own divorce.”

Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks, added, “With its incredible cast, addictive storytelling and insight into modern marriage, The Split has been extremely popular with SundanceTV and Sundance Now subscribers. We’re thrilled to work with our partners at Sister and BBC One on its highly-anticipated final series.”