‘The Curse’ future confirmed: Will there be a a second season?

Channel 4 has revealed if The Curse will be returning for more episodes.

Set in London in the early 80’s, the comedy caper premiered in the UK this February, starring Emer Kenny from Father Brown.

Season 1 followed a gang of hopeless small time crooks who, through their own stupidity and poor judgement, find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest gold heists in history.

The Curse was a big hit with audiences and critics alike, with The Independent‘s 5-star review saying the “retro heist sitcom is so good that it’ll blow the bloody doors off.”

“A sublime crime caper with an unfeasibly brilliant cast,” wrote The Guardian, while Radio Times called it “a terrific piece of television that serves as both an uproarious comedy and a compelling heist show in its own right.”

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It’s now been announced that the show has been renewed for a second season!

Joe Hullait, Commissioning Executive at Channel 4 commented: “We’re so excited that this comedy supergroup are returning for another instalment of The Curse and cannot wait to see what exile in Spain looks like for the gang. It’s going to be comedy gold.”

Writer Tom Davis added: “We’ve been blown away by the response to the first series. Excited to be upping the ante and heading back to the 80s for some fun in the sun. ESPANA BABY.”

Season 2 will rejoin the gang 18 months on from the dramatic airport escape, arrest, and murderous ending of Season 1’s finale.

The official synopsis for Season 2 reads: “It’s 1985 with Albert (Allan Mustafa), Tash (Emer Kenny) and Sidney (Steve Stamp) now residing in the sunny Costa Del Sol, recently dubbed the Costa Del Crime, a safe haven for UK criminals during this period due to the lack of extradition treaty between British and Spanish governments meaning they were totally untouchable.

“Albert and Tash have invested the money from the gold in a dream restaurant and hotel business, whilst Sidney under the new alias ‘Andrew’ runs a bar on the beach. Meanwhile, Big Mick (Tom Davis) is in prison awaiting trial, very much enjoying the fame that follows now being officially associated with the biggest gold heist in history and Phil ‘The Captain’ Pocket (Hugo Chegwin) is dead.

“In the shadows, frustrated Detectives Saunders and Thread, who are powerless to make arrests, have no choice but to go deep undercover in Spain to gather evidence on the whereabouts of the golden haul.

“What becomes quickly evident is that Spain isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The stakes are higher, the gangsters are scarier, and the vultures are beginning to circle. Behind the cocktails around the pool and the paradise façade the calamitous gang have very much got out of the frying pan and into the fire.

“The Curse takes hold in the Spanish heat and it’s a guessing game who will get out alive.”

The Curse is loosely based on an infamous 1983 robbery where six men raided a depot near one of London’s airports thinking they’d walk away with £50,000 in cash, only to stumble across seven thousand bars of gold, with a street value of tens of millions.

In the same week that The Curse began filming last summer, the BBC coincidentally also announced a drama series based on the exact same story!

BBC One’s The Gold will star Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Charlotte Spencer (Sanditon), Jack Lowden (War and Peace), and Stefanie Martini (The Last Kingdom).

The Curse is expected to return on Channel 4 in the UK in early 2023.

A tenth season of Father Brown is currently filming, but it’s unclear if Emer Kenny will be reprising her role as Penelope “Bunty” Windermere in the new episodes.

Father Brown is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.