Sandylands series two ordered by UKTV

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 April 2021
Natalie Dew and Sanjeev Bhaskar in 'Sandylands'

Natalie Dew and Sanjeev Bhaskar in 'Sandylands'

UKTV have ordered a second series of ‘Sandylands’ for Gold, which will see the likes of Natalie Dew, Simon Bird, Sanjeev Bhaskar, and David Walliams return to their roles

UKTV have ordered a second series of ‘Sandylands’ for Gold.

The sitcom – which stars the likes of Natalie Dew, Simon Bird, Sanjeev Bhaskar, and David Walliams – landed on Gold for its debut series in March last year, and it has now been confirmed a second series will hit the channel soon.

According to a press release, filming for the second series – which will be comprised of three 40-minute episodes – began on Monday (26.04.21) and it has been confirmed that Sanjeev Bhaskar will return to the role of Les Vegas, while Natalie Drew will once again play Emily Verma.

Series two will also welcome Tracy-Ann Oberman to the show as Donna Vegas, Emily's estranged mother and diva extraordinaire.

Other returning cast include David Walliams and Sophie Thompson as oddball next door neighbours Derek and Jeannie Swallows, plus Simon Bird as police officer Nathan Wild, Craig Parkinson as local nightclub owner Terry Chino, and Harriet Webb as Emily’s best friend Tina Taylor.

Writers Martin Collins and Alex Finch said in a statement: “We are so excited to be back in Sandylands and working with the brilliant team at UKTV. We can't wait for everyone to see what we've got in store for our incredible cast and are absolutely delighted to be welcoming some amazing new faces on a return trip to the beautiful British seaside.”

‘Sandylands’ is commissioned for UKTV by Pete Thornton, head of scripted, and ordered by Gerald Casey, channel director for Gold.

Pete said in his own statement: "Sandylands is a special place for me, and I'm really pleased to finally be returning to it after the long winter months of lockdown. Series one introduced us to a clutch of highly original characters played by an extraordinarily talented cast, and I know the Gold audience will be looking forward to their further adventures, as imagined by two of our most original comic minds, Alex Finch and Martin Collins."

Whilst Gerald added: "We're thrilled to see the return of this fresh and funny comedy on Gold. It's such a fantastic line-up and the characters are so expertly crafted by Collins and Finch. I can't wait to see more!"

As of the time of writing, no release date has been confirmed for the second series of ‘Sandylands’.