The filming of the second season of Sky Max’s hit series ‘Funny Woman’ is set to commence in Liverpool, England, in the first quarter of 2024. The comedy-drama, based on Nick Hornby’s best-selling novel ‘Funny Girl,’ follows Barbara Parker, “a young woman from Blackpool who finds her voice in the male-dominated world of the 1960s comedy, and in doing so, takes London by storm,” as per the official logline.
Liverpool is a filming location of the first season of the show, along with the towns of Blackpool, Southport, and Lytham St Annes. The city’s historic buildings, coupled with an urban setting, make it a great backdrop for shooting diverse projects. Earlier, films and shows like ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,’ ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ ‘Mission: Impossible,’ ‘The Batman,’ ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ and ‘Peaky Blinders’ were also filmed in Liverpool.
The show is written by Morwenna Banks, also known for her work on the shows ‘Slow Horses,’ ‘Damned,’ and ‘Up the Women.’ Banks also executive produces the series and stars in it in the role of Patsy Debenham. Oliver Parker (‘Johnny English Reborn’ and ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’) serves as the director of the series.
The first season follows the storyline of Barbara realizing her dream and becoming a TV comedy star with the stage name Sophie Straw. In the upcoming second season, Sophie discovers that being famous doesn’t necessarily mean that she will be taken seriously in her work as she gets typecast as a comic muse in old-school comedy shows. She then attempts her luck at art cinema, thinking that it would be progressive but is quickly proven wrong. Still undeterred, Sophie decides to create her own show to tell authentic stories and finally finds her voice.
‘Funny Woman’ stars Gemma Arterton (‘Clash of the Titans’) as Barbara Parker/Sophie Straw, Tom Bateman (‘Behind Her Eyes’) as Clive Richardson, Rupert Everett (‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’) as Brian Debenham, Arsher Ali (‘The Ritual’) as Dennis Mahindra, Matthew Beard (‘Magpie Murders’) as Bill Gardiner, and Leo Bill (‘The Living and the Dead’) as Tony Holmes. The rest of the cast includes Alexa Davies, David Threlfall, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Rosie Cavaliero, and Alistair Petrie. The main cast members are expected to return to the second season.
The show is produced by Potboiler Productions, Rebel Park Productions, and Sky Studios. The executive producers include Nick Hornby, Tilusha Ghelani, Gemma Arterton, Andrea Calderwood, Gail Egan, Jessica Parker, Jon Mountague, and Jessica Malik.