Jessica Hynes' period comedy returns to BBC

Up the Women, written by and starring Jessica Hynes, has been commissioned for a second series, this time for BBC Two.

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The 6 x 30 run comes once again from Baby Cow Productions and BBC In-House Comedy, and was commissioned by controller of BBC Two Janice Hadlow and controller of comedy commissioning Shane Allen.

Returning key production personnel from the first series – shown on BBC Four - include BBC producer Emma Strain and director Christine Gernon.

Hynes, who wrote the comedy, stars alongside Rebecca Front, Judy Parfitt and Adrian Scarborough.

The programme is set in Banbury in 1910, where a group of villagers have set up the Banbury Intricate Craft Circle Politely Request Women’s Suffrage movement, inspired by the political campaigning of the time, but with fewer teeth.

Hynes said: “I am very pleased that the Banbury Intricate Craft Circle Politely Request Women’s Suffrage, BICCPRWS, will continue to convene on the British Broadcasting Corporation. Our members are thrilled and our passion for social change through militancy burns brighter than ever. We are composing an incendiary pamphlet and designing our very own BICCPRWS egg cosies to celebrate this momentous occasion. Up The Women!"

Further information on Up the Women can be found on Production Intelligence, the online database of advance production news from The Knowledge.

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