Today, the BBC have confirmed that hit BBC Three comedy Witless will be returning for a third run of five episodes.
Kerry Howard and Zoe Boyle will return to play flatmates Leanne and Rhona as their lives are thrown into disarray after witnessing a gangland shooting and once again the series will be written by Lloyd Woolf and Joe Tucker.
The first series saw Leanne and Rhona forced into Witness Protection, given new identities and left to fend for themselves in a grubby flat in Swindon, whilst attempting to avoid detection from the trigger happy teenage gang members on their tail.
When Leanne gets romantically entangled with Patrick, they unwittingly become entangled in the criminal world they were trying to escape. The first series ended on an out-and-out cliff-hanger with the girls accidentally shooting their overbearing neighbour Jackie, after their location is compromised by a corrupt cop.
Series two picked up immediately on the action, and took the mixture of comedy and drama to a new level with the pair taking matters into their own hands in their determination to escape Wit-Pro and get back their old lives.
Ditching the police and going on the run the girls seek safety at Patrick’s and with his help begin to hatch a plan. But when Leanne and Rhona attempt to infiltrate a gang land funeral, taking them to the heart of the criminal’s lair and face to face with gang boss, Willy Whelan, the suspense reaches another heart thumping cliff-hanger.
The third series promises to continue to ramp things up with Leanne and Rhona getting closer to the end of their ordeal, but whether they make it out unscathed remains to be seen.
Speaking about the news that Witless will be returning, Kerry Howard said:
“Beyond thrilled that Witless has a third series! It’s so wonderful to be a part of such a talented team on this dynamic show.
I thought I could second guess our writers but I literally don’t have a clue where they will take the troublesome double-act that is Leanne and Rhona, I just pray they don’t kill us off! It’s amazing to get a hat-trick and I’m so grateful to BBC Three for putting their faith in this show and letting us grow.”
Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC said:
“Witless is the dream BBC Three sitcom – a whip smart concept, knockout funny writing, the dream double-act in Kerry and Zoe, a cast that launches new talents in a big way and highly ambitious direction. It’s got the lot. Here’s to going out on an adrenaline high.”
Both the first and second series are available to watch now on BBC iPlayer and you can read my interview with Kerry and Zoe from earlier this year here.