Award-winning drama Guilt to return for the third and final series

BBC Scotland has announced that its popular drama Guilt will return to screens for a third series.

Published: 11 May 2022
Updated: 11 May 2022
Guilt is a Scottish gem that we couldn’t resist bringing back for a third series, and Neil really has encapsulated the perfect ending to round off Max and Jake’s story.”
— Jon Petrie, Director of BBC Comedy

Writer and Executive Producer Neil Forsyth will bring brothers Max (Mark Bonnar) and Jake (Jamie Sives) together again for one final adventure, full of the trademark twists and turns that the series has become famed for.

The 4x60 series, which is a co-production between BBC Scotland and BBC Two and produced by Expectation and Happy Tramp North, will also see the return of characters from both series. The second series ended with Max joining Jake in Chicago, having left a trail of deception behind him. As they return to Scotland, it becomes apparent the welcome they receive isn’t as warm or as straightforward as they might have hoped.

As they battle threats both old and new, it remains to be seen whether they get the happy ending they crave, or whether life conspires against them one more time.

Commenting on the recommission, writer Neil Forsyth said: “We always saw Guilt as a trilogy so I am thrilled to be writing a final act for Max, Jake and some of the others we have met along the way. It is a story that will range from Chicago to Scotland, as our characters seek a final redemption."

The series is commissioned by Louise Thornton, Head of Commissioning at BBC Scotland, and Jon Petrie, Commissioning Director, BBC Comedy. Gavin Smith and Gregor Sharp are commissioning executives for the BBC. Executive Producers are Nerys Evans for Expectation and Neil Webster for Happy Tramp North.

Louise Thornton says: “We are incredibly proud of Guilt. It was the first drama commission for the BBC Scotland channel in 2019 and we have been delighted with how it has been received by our audiences. To be able to bring it back for a third and final time gives us the chance to wrap up the story of Max and Jake which we know will involve some hair-raising and edge-of-the-seat moments which the audience have come to expect.”

Jon Petrie, Director of BBC Comedy, says: “Guilt is a Scottish gem that we couldn’t resist bringing back for a third series, and Neil really has encapsulated the perfect ending to round off Max and Jake’s story.”

In a joint comment, Executive Producers Nerys Evans and Neil Webster said: “We couldn’t be happier to be given the opportunity to complete the Guilt trilogy. Neil has crafted an incredible climax to the show that we can’t wait to share with viewers.”

Guilt will begin shooting on location in Scotland later this year. It will premiere on the BBC Scotland channel followed by a network showing on BBC Two.

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