Up the Women Moves to BBC Two


LONDON: A second season of the Jessica Hynes comedy Up the Women has been ordered, though the show will move from BBC Four to a slot on BBC Two.

BBC In-House Comedy and Baby Cow Productions will be producing six new half-hour episodes. The series stars Hynes (Spaced, Twenty Twelve) and Rebecca Front (Nighty Night, The Thick of It).

Hynes said: “I am very pleased that the Banbury Intricate Craft Circle Politely Request Women’s Suffrage, BICCPRWS, will continue to convene on the British Broadcasting Corporation. Our members are thrilled and our passion for social change through militancy burns brighter than ever. We are composing an incendiary pamphlet and designing our very own BICCPRWS egg cosies to celebrate this momentous occasion. Up the Women!"

Janice Hadlow, the controller of BBC Two, said: “I’m delighted to welcome the Banbury Intricate Craft Circle to BBC Two. With brilliant writing from Jessica Hynes and a fabulous cast including Rebecca Front, Judy Parfitt and Adrian Scarborough, Up the Women is a wonderful addition to comedy on the channel.”

Mark Freeland, the U.K. controller of comedy production, added: “It’s fantastic that we’ll be seeing more of The Banbury Intricate Craft Circle—not something I’ve ever said before. I am most grateful to BBC Four and now BBC Two for their support, and of course, to Jessica Hynes for creating such a unique comedy and to the cast for upping the women so beautifully.

Lindsay Hughes, executive producer for Baby Cow, commented: “We are thrilled to be making another series of Up the Women. Jessica’s creation is a brilliant piece of comedy and we are so lucky to be working alongside the BBC with an incredible cast and crew bringing it all to life.”