Back in 2016, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the creator and star of Fleabag, became an overnight sensation thanks to the play-turned-hit-TV-show. Often compared to Lena Dunham, she created unlikeable characters you couldn’t stop watching. After a long break, the series finally returns to our screens soon. Here’s everything we know so far.
When’s it out?
You’ve only got a few weeks to wait. The BBC have confirmed Fleabag will be back on our screens for its long-awaited second season on March 4. It will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer and BBC3 from 10am on that day, with its TV premiere happening at 10:35pm that night. US viewers will have to wait until it arrives on Amazon Prime on May 17.
What happens this time?
We haven’t been given many key plot details as yet, but producer Lydia Hampson told Dazed last year it wouldn’t “retread old ground.” “Fleabag’s in a very different place in life from where we left her,” she said. “The whole of the first series, it was a façade. She was shiny and prim on top, but you didn’t know she was grieving underneath it all. In that last episode, we saw she was broken. We can’t go back to pretending she’s fine again.”
The character, played by creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, will also find God after meeting a priest (Andrew Scott) and does battle with her sister (Sian Clifford) and stepmother (Olivia Colman). It will pick up not where season 1 left off, but over a year later at a family dinner where Fleabag’s father (Bill Paterson) announce their engagement.
Are there any new characters?
You bet. Andrew Scott (Sherlock) will play the “hot priest” who changes Fleabag’s world view and isn’t quite your stereotypical man of God. Kristin Scott Thomas and Killing Eve’s Fiona Shaw are also set to appear in the new episodes according to IMDB, although their characters are yet to be revealed.
And who’s coming back?
All the key characters from season one – Fleabag herself, her family, her on-off boyfriend Harry (Hugh Skinner), and Boo (Jenny Rainsford).
Is there a trailer?
Nope, not at present.
Have we seen any photos yet?
Yes, but just the one. It doesn’t give away too much of what’s to come either, showing Fleabag dressed in black, leaning against a brick wall and smoking.
Why has season 2 taken so long?
It’s been three years since Fleabag first appeared on our TV screens – an unusually long break for a show as popular as it. Waller-Bridge has explained that she “needed space” from the character to write the new episodes. “I grew up in that time,” she said. “It’s the next chapter. That means you can delve into whole aspects of that psychology… it gives you psychological freedom. Going back watching the first series after that much time taught me so much about writing.”
What happened in season 1?
Fleabag struggled to keep her gerbil-themed cafe afloat following the death of her best friend, Boo. Through the first six episodes, she tries to fill the voids in her life with awful men while repressing a traumatic memory that’s hinted at in a series of flashbacks. In the end, it’s revealed that she was the cause of Boo’s death.
What’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge been up to since?
She’s been keeping herself busy with some small projects like adapting Luke Jennings’ Codename Villanelle novels into the brilliant spy drama Killing Eve and starring in the latest Star Wars spin-off film, Solo. She’s also set to bring the play version of Fleabag, which preceded the TV series, back to the stage for a run of dates in New York. She has also reportedly been working on the pilot for a new TV show that is set to star Domhnall Gleeson and will air on HBO.
Will there be a third season of Fleabag?
It seems unlikely, especially seeing as Waller-Bridge didn’t even want to do a second season. “I decided there absolutely should not be a third [season],” she told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in February.