After You’ve Gone

The recent successful BBC One comedy After You’ve Gone has been recommissioned for a second series of eight episodes with an additional Christmas special for transmission later this year.

During the seven-week transmission After You’ve Gone gained at least 1.5 million viewers, rising from 4.1 million to a peak audience of 5.8 million viewers.

The second series of After You’ve Gone will see sparks fly once more between Nicholas Lyndhurst (playing Jimmy Venables) and Celia Imrie (playing his mother-in-law, Diana) as they unite in a bid to share not only parental duties but also the family home while Jimmy’s ex-wife is overseas.

Dani Harmer, star of Tracy Beaker, will also return to screen as Jimmy’s smart-talking daughter, Molly, alongside Ryan Sampson as Jimmy’s brilliantly, eccentric son, Alex.

Peter Fincham, Controller, BBC One, says: “Comedy is really hitting its stride on BBC One, with the return of Jam And Jerusalem, Not Going Out and now a new commission for After You’ve Gone. The comedy strategy of commissioning pilots is delivering for BBC One audiences.”

Nicholas Lyndhurst returns to BBC One in sitcom After You’ve Gone as jack-of-all-trades, Jimmy Venables – probably the only man in Britain who gets divorced and ends up sharing a home with his mother-in-law.

Jimmy volunteers to move back into the marital home to look after his two teenagers when his ex-wife volunteers to tend to victims of a natural disaster in Africa.

Unfortunately, Jimmy’s patrician mother-in-law, Diana (Celia Imrie) views Jimmy as a walking, talking natural disaster so she virtually moves in to “help” which generally means undermining Jimmy whenever possible.

With a smart talking daughter, Molly (Dani Harmer, star of Tracy Beaker), who thinks she’s already a woman, and a son, Alex (Ryan Sampson), who occasionally dresses a bit too much like one, just how much of a challenge can adapting to fatherhood on a daily basis be?

The cast also includes Amanda Abbington as Jimmy’s girlfriend and Vincent Ebrahim and Lee Oakes as Jimmy’s mates.

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