Jessica Hynes' sitcom Up The Women commissioned for second series on 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.”Janice Hadlow Controller, BBC Two
Date: 12.06.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.03
A second series of Up The Women, written by and starring Jessica Hynes (Spaced, Twenty Twelve) and also starring Rebecca Front (Nighty Night, The Thick Of It) has been commissioned for BBC Two.

The new series will comprise 6x30-minute episodes and will be made by BBC In-House Comedy and Baby Cow Productions. This series was commissioned by Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two and Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning. It is produced by Emma Strain (Miranda) and directed by Christine Gernon (Gavin & Stacey, One Foot In The Grave, Grandma's House).

Up The Women is set in Banbury, 1910. Having been inspired by the Women’s Suffrage Movement in London, a group of villagers, formerly known as the ‘Banbury Intricate Craft Circle’ have set up their own, hilariously ineffectual, movement, calling themselves ‘The Banbury Intricate Craft Circle Politely Request Women’s Suffrage’.

The first series saw the group picket the post office, overcome inner-circle disputes and receive a visit from the great Emmeline Pankhurst herself, but what next for the movement? What schemes will be cooked up in circle’s headquarters, Banbury Church Hall? The second series promises six more wittily written instalments of the group’s exploits and more excellent comic performances from its talented cast.

Jessica Hynes says: “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 Controller, BBC Two, says: “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, UK Controller of Comedy Production, says: “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, Baby Cow, says: “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.”

Up The Women also stars Judy Parfitt (Girl With A Pearl Earring, The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff, Call The Midwife), Vicki Pepperdine (Getting On), Adrian Scarborough (Gavin & Stacey, The King’s Speech, Upstairs Downstairs), Georgia Groome (Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging), Ryan Sampson (Wire In The Blood) and Emma Pierson (Hotel Babylon).

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