The BBC has ordered a second season of its World War Two based daytime drama Land Girls which aired last year on BBC One in a daytime slot and was later repeated on Sunday evenings. The re-commissioning of Land Girls is a further sign of commitment to daytime drama by the BBC following its decision to order second seasons of Moving On and Missing too. The Pauline Quirke drama Missing begins its second season on BBC One next week.
Land Girls, BBC One Daytime’s highly popular and award-winning drama, is to return for a second series. Liam Keelan, Controller of BBC Daytime, has commissioned five new episodes of the uplifting original drama created by Roland Moore. The second series of Land Girls returns to the rural Forties, and continues to examine how a whole generation of women helped the war effort, and adapted to their new lives working as part of the Women’s Land Army.
“The first series of Land Girls was something completely new for BBC One Daytime, as it was the first time a period drama had been commissioned and made for the daytime audience. It proved to be such a success with our viewers that I’m delighted to be able to announce the commission of a second series.The first series of Land Girls was commissioned as part of a range of programming across the BBC commemorating the 70th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, and we hope that this second series will again be a tribute to the women who played such an important role on the home front.” – Liam Keelan.
Land Girls, made by the team behind BBC Birmingham’s award-winning Doctors, will once again be filmed on location in and around the West Midlands, and the executive producers are Will Trotter and John Yorke.
“Making an original costume drama is creatively liberating, and is compulsive viewing for the audience. It’s too early to be able to reveal which of our characters we’ll be meeting up with again, but viewers can be assured that we’ll see some old faces and meet some new ones. Land Girls will continue to follow the lives and loves of the women as they work the fields and forge friendships that will last a lifetime, in an experience that will change them forever.” – Will Trotter
The recommission of Land Girls follows the announcement of The Indian Doctor starring Sanjeev Bhaskar, a new drama due on BBC One Daytime later in the year; a new series of Missing starring Pauline Quirke due on air this March; and a second series of Moving On, currently filming in Liverpool, and due on air later this year. Filming on Land Girls begins later this year and is due to transmit in Winter 2010/11.