According to media reports, Sophie Willan has said the BBC is ‘faffing’ over whether to order a second series of hit comedy Alma’s Not Normal. On tonight’s episode of the Russell Howard Hour, Russell reportedly asks her about a second series, she says: ‘I’ve heard nothing yet. They’re faffing.”
Willan won a Bafta Craft award for writing the pilot episode – the video of her celebrating the victory went viral during lockdown – and the full series, on BBC 2 is currently airing to critical acclaim.
She added,‘They want to keep you on your toes. I might just send them that video of me winning the Bafta.’
Those that have seen a preview of the show say Willian, who also stars as Alma, said that the show was originally turned down because “a posh TV executive thought viewers would not find female heroin addicts amusing.” ‘I had a commissioner not commission Alma a few years ago because he said, “Female heroin addicts are not funny, they’re frightening”
‘How wrong he was. He’s been to Eton and never met one, that’s what’s happened.’
It’s difficult to understand why the BBC did not reorder the show immediately after the reaction to the first episode was known. Alma’s not Normal is one of the best comedies to screen this year, if not the best.
The Russell Howard Hour is on Sky Max at 10pm tonight.