Originally starting life as a comedy short on BBC iPlayer in 2019, Mandy stars Diane Morgan (Motherland, Cunk On Britain, Frayed) in the title role. As well as appearing as the lead character, Diane writes and directs the series.
Mandy once again has big dreams with small success, as she attempts to find fulfilment in a series of short-lived jobs in the modern gig economy. Along the way she becomes a tour guide, goes on a reality show and gets thrown in at the deep end, both actually and metaphorically, when she attempts to learn to swim. All fun stuff, but none of which brings her any closer to her ultimate ambition of breeding Doberman pinchers.
Series two features an all-star comedy cast, which sees Michelle Greenidge (Code 404) as Lola, Mandy’s friend and confidante in the local nail bar, and Tom Basden (Plebs) as Mandy’s exasperated benefits officer, along with Alistair Green (Flowers), Mark Silcox (Man Like Mobeen), Michael Spicer (The Room Next Door) all returning.
New cast includes the multi-award-winning Sir Tom Courtenay; Anna Maxwell Martin (Line Of Duty); Richard Hope (Poldark); Nick Mohammed (Intelligence); Alexei Sayle (The Young Ones); Jo Hartley (In My Skin); Peter McDonald (The Dig); Kate Robbins (Dinner Ladies); Nigel Planer (The Young Ones); Roger Sloman (Nuts In May); and comedian Charlie Chuck. TV presenter Konnie Huq, Dragons’ Den’s Deborah Meaden and space boffin Dr Brian Cox all play themselves.
Diane Morgan says: “At this time of debate about the future of the BBC, a second series of Mandy could not be more timely. If anything proves the worth of the corporation it’s a show about a woman who wants to breed doberman pinchers. It’s not something you’d get on Amazon Prime or BFI Player.”
Gregor Sharp, BBC Commissioning Editor says: “Diane has created an instantly iconic comedy character in Mandy and we can’t wait to see what trouble follows her in this new series.”
Mandy is a BBC Studios/Witchcraft Industries co-production for BBC Two, written, directed by and starring Diane Morgan. The series is produced by Michael Spicer and co-produced by Kenny Tanner. The Executive Producer is Ben Caudell. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Gregor Sharp.