Staged creator would do season 3 with David Tennant and Michael Sheen "in a heartbeat"

Sam Warner
·2-min read
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Photo credit: BBC

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Staged creator Simon Evans has opened up about the possibility of a third series.

The hit David Tennant and Michael Sheen lockdown comedy recently returned for a second outing, giving us more of the pair's hilarious Zoom shenanigans.

However, Evans has expressed keenness to at least return for a special, admitting he would jump at the opportunity in a "heartbeat" – though is wary of potentially wearing out the show's welcome.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

"I mean, look, let's be honest, if there was an opportunity to write again for David and Michael, I would do it in a heartbeat," he told the Radio Times. "They are absolutely gorgeous. They make [my writing] 200 per cent better just by showing up and reading it."

Evans continued: "Yeah, of course, if there was the opportunity to do a special if the right idea came along, to make some more [Staged] if the context were right, then that would be lovely.

"But I've seen enough things try to outstay their welcome, so the last thing I would want to do is to damage what I'm really proud [of]… so I wouldn't want to risk that.

"But please don't accuse me of being a hypocrite if there's a series three announced in three days!" he went on to joke, before clarifying: "There's not."

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

Evans also teased the possibility of more twists to come should the BBC show be recommissioned.

"I think I would probably have to [include another twist]," he said. "I mean, I'm relatively new to television and thrilled to be in these waters with these amazing people, but when I was working in theatre – and before that I was a magician – my whole area of passion is if you've got an audience, let's play with them a little bit, let's tease them and titillate them and let's surprise them, wherever we possibly can…."

He continued: "Certainly if we were to do more Staged, it would probably have to up the ante again, because people will be expecting something now. So we'd have to surprise everybody.

"Whether or not there is one [a third season], I think I'd need a bit of time to work out what that [twist] could be."

Staged airs on BBC One and is also available on BBC iPlayer.

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