Channel 4 has revealed the fate of Year of the Rabbit.
Set in Victorian-era London, the comedy series is a parody of crime dramas like Ripper Street.
The first season premiered in the UK in June 2019, but there had been no news on the show’s status since then.
However, it’s now been officially confirmed that Year of the Rabbit has been renewed for a second season!
Matt Berry (The IT Crowd), Freddie Fox (Parade’s End), Susan Wokoma (Chewing Gum) and Keeley Hawes (The Durrells) will all return in six new 30-minute episodes.
Season 2 will once again focus on tough booze-hound detective Rabbit (Berry), his hapless partner Strauss (Fox) and the country’s first female police officer Mabel (Wokoma) as they fight crime in London’s east end.
The official synopsis reads: “At the end of the first season, Lydia (Keeley Hawes) had pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes, with Strauss thinking they were lovers and Mabel joining Lydia’s secret female society, mistakenly thinking it was a power for good.
“After Rabbit and the gang foiled Lydia’s plot to take down London, saving the day. But, with Lydia still at large and Her Majesty requesting an audience with Rabbit, Strauss and Mabel for a secret job…anything could happen.”
Matt Berry commented: ”I’m looking forward to Inspector Rabbit returning back to our screens to fight crime in the past. This time he’ll deal with all sorts of unearthly forces, including the Royal Family! Victorian London is presently very much where it’s at.”
Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4, says: “Year of the Rabbit is one of the most glorious, gutsy and audacious comedies on TV, made by a fantastic cast and crew who relish every detail. We’re thrilled to welcome it back. Here’s to more absurd capers in the dark underbelly of Victorian London.”
Season 2 is expected to premiere on Channel 4 later this year.
Year of the Rabbit is available on DVD on Amazon.