Channel 4 to return to Victorian London for second series of Year of the Rabbit

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by David Prior

Channel 4 is to return to Victorian London for a second series of Year of the Rabbit.

The 6x30 comedy series will once again focus on tough booze-hound detective Rabbit (Matt Berry), his hapless partner Strauss (Freddie Fox) and the country’s first female police officer Mabel (Susan Wokoma) as they fight crime in London’s east end.

Year of the Rabbit is produced by Objective Fiction out of OMG Scotland with international partners IFC and all3media international.

It will be directed by Andrew Chaplin and co-written by Matt Berry and Emmy and WGA Award-winners Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil (Veep, Black Books). Ben Farrell and Ben Taylor will executive produce for Objective Fiction, Toby Stevens for Objective Media Group Scotland, with Hannah Mackay producing.

Berry said: ”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, added: “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.”

The show was commissioned for Channel 4 by Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy, and Jon Petrie, Commissioning Editor.