Cameras are rolling on the eagerly awaited second series of critically lauded BBC comedy The Other One (5 x 30’) which is set to return to BBC One and BBC iPlayer. Made by award-winning Tiger Aspect Comedy (part of Banijay UK) the series is currently shooting on location in Manchester. Also released today is a first-look image from the forthcoming new series, showing the first day on set.
Created and directed by award-winning comedian Holly Walsh (creator of The Other One series one, Motherland), who co-writes and executive produces the series with Pippa Brown (The Other One series one, Psychobitches), The Other One follows a girl called Catherine Walcott and another girl called Catherine Walcott – sisters who had no idea the other existed until their father dropped dead. A comedy about what happens when you discover your dead dad has a secret family and you now have a brand new sister, The Other One is a love letter to siblings, mothers, and crap dads.
Series two sees further Walcotts emerging from the woodwork, with Cathy Walcott (Ellie White) and sister Cat Walcott (Lauren Socha) reeling from the news they have a brother called Callum (Christopher Jeffries). And that Cathy got off with him. Horrific inter-familial misdemeanours aside, Cathy is determined to get her work and love life back on track, though the exciting opportunities coming her way might not be all they appear and her ex-fiance Marcus (Amit Shah) is continuing to loiter.
Meanwhile, Tess (Rebecca Front) and Marilyn (Siobhan Finneran) find themselves babysitting Callum’s mum Angela (Michelle Austin) when she’s thrown out of her house by her shocked husband. Marilyn is suspicious of the new arrival, but Tess is too busy making extravagant plans for spending her inheritance to care.
The one-year anniversary of Colin’s death is fast approaching, but his ability to surprise his growing family from beyond the grave continues unabated.
The Other One series two sees the return of cast members Ellie White (Cathy), Lauren Socha (Cat), Siobhan Finneran (Marilyn), Rebecca Front (Tess), Amit Shah (Marcus), Christopher Jeffries (Callum) and guest star Caroline Quentin (Auntie Dawn), with new addition Michelle Austin playing Angela.
David Simpson, Head of Tiger Aspect Comedy, says: “It’s such fantastic news we’ll be returning to this hilarious and unpredictable story. Holly and Pippa’s writing continues to sparkle with creativity and wit and I’m so excited to see the wonderful cast bring everything to life.”
Ben Caudell, Commissioning Editor for the BBC, says: “There’s a wonderful mix of wit and warmth in The Other One, brought to life by a brilliant, vivacious cast, so it’s fantastic it’s coming back. Also, the first series ended on such a cliff-hanger that we had to do a second series just so I can find out what happens next.”
A transmission date will be announced in due course.
The Other One is a Tiger Aspect Comedy production for the BBC, commissioned by Shane Allen, Director of BBC Comedy, created and directed by Holly Walsh, who also co-writes the series with Pippa Brown. Executive Producers are Simon Wilson, Holly Walsh and Pippa Brown, and the producer is Caroline Norris. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Ben Caudell.