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Lunch Monkeys starts shooting second series for BBC Three

The Monkeys continue to cause big trouble in little Cranford, in the admin department of personal injury law firm Fox Cranford, as the second series of the BBC Three comedy Lunch Monkeys starts filming six brand new episodes of mayhem.

Kenny and Tania get it together and two becomes one – Kenia; Asif is pretending to be a lawyer; Darrel and Shelley become flatmates; while the glamour and power of the law courts Mike (Nigel Havers) has a wife who's divorcing him and Gloria (Sian Reeves) thinks at last she's in with a chance... and hot-shot solicitor Charlie (Steve John Shepherd) continues to use the Monkeys for his own ends.

Dodging disciplinary action and irate clients, the post room gang continue on their careers – going nowhere fast. And so their eight-hour working days go by in a flash of nonsensical time wasting, scams and bust ups.

This season Kenny (Christian Foster – Powder) not only gets the girl of his dreams, but his art is taking off – hilarious pictures sketched by Christian himself – as he gets involved in the Manchester music scene.

Tania (Jessica Hall – Sheila in Hollyoaks) is now Post Room Supervisor and when her ambitions clash with her boyfriend's creative urges it turns into a major Kenia-gate.

Gloria is overjoyed to be made Mike's PA until his tearaway daughter joins the Monkeys for work experience, so Darrel (Chris Hannon – Coronation Street) immediately falls in love.

Monkey town is never boring while Shelley (Rachel Rae – Scallywagga) continues burning the candle at both ends and evergreen Asif (Abdullah Afzal) rolls with the punches.

Also this series stand-up Steve Edge (Phoenix Nights) joins as Darrel's dad, with Kulvinder Ghir (Goodness Gracious Me) as the proud father of his 'high flying solicitor' son Asif... who is really just a lowly Monkey.

Lunch Monkeys is made by Channel K (Best Independent Production Company 2009 in the North West in the How-Do Awards) and written by David Isaac, who was inspired by his own experience of being a supervising solicitor in a Manchester law firm.

The producer is Matt Tiller and director young talent Matt Holt (Comedy Cuts, Headcases). The Executive Producers are Jim Reid and Alan Marke for Channel K and Jon Rolph for the BBC.

Lunch Monkeys is filming on location in Salford Quays, Manchester and is due to be transmitted on BBC Three later this year.

DG

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