The success of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s series, Fleabag, is such that a second series is set to be shown on the BBC and Amazon Prime this Spring 2019, and a remake of the series is being filmed in France.
Based on Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s one-woman play, which won an Edinburgh Fringe First Award, the first series of Fleabag was critically-acclaimed upon its release in 2016 and saw Waller-Bridge win best female performance in a comedy at the BAFTAs in 2017. The series had this rare capacity of pulling in its audience, individually. Waller-Bridge’s interaction with viewers as she turns and speaks to the camera creates intimate moments as if Waller-Bridge’s character was talking personally to a close friend. These glances at the camera in TV series were not new, just look at The Office, Modern Family, or House of Cards. However, in Fleabag, they enhance the dry-witted humor.
Co-produced by the BBC and Amazon, the second season will see the principal cast return, Sian Clifford as sister Claire, Bill Paterson as Dad, Olivia Colman as the Godmother and stepmother. Andres Scott (Sherlock) will join the cast as a priest. Kristin Scott Thomas and Fiona Show (who starred in Waller-Bridge’s Killing Eve) will both guest star in this new series.
Waller-Bridge told the BBC: “I can’t believe they let me do this again. I’m so happy to be back with the incredible Fleabag team.” The second series picks up one year after the first series ending, and it will see Waller-Bridge’s character wrestle with faith as she encounters a priest, played by Andrew Scott, and an incident will bring the two sisters closer. Back in April 2017, Waller-Bridge told Digital Spy, “it will be more of the same and I think she’ll go into a different emotional state because it’s all about the stuff that she was hiding. So much of the show was about her [putting on] a front, so it’s going to be a new shift in her life.”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s series is also being adapted for French television. Studiocanal Original is producing a remake of Fleabag to be shown on the encrypted French TV channel Canal +. The title of this French remake will be Mouche and is co-produced with Banijay Studios France with Studiocanal Original. The series is part of Studiocanal’s new initiative in the in-house production of TV series. In early 2018, Studiocanal created a new production unit for the creation, development and production of in-house TV fiction series.
The actress from the TV show Call My Agent! (Dix pour cent), Camille Cottin, will star in this remake. The series is adapted for the French audience by the director Jeanne Herry. She has already directed Camille Cottin in episodes of series two of Call My Agent! The daughter of the famous French actress Miou-Miou (The Science of Sleep, Les Valseuses) and famous singer Julien Clerc, Herry’s film Pupille did very well in the French Box Office over the holidays, with over 437 thousand entries in its first two weeks of release in December 2018.
The French series, freely adapted by Jeanne Herry, will be set in Paris and will follow a young woman in her thirties with complicated relationships in her love life and her family. It will follow the same format as the original, a series of six episodes of 30-minutes each. Let’s hope that this remake will retain the spirit of the original. The series is being filmed at the moment and is set to be shown at some point in 2019.