Good Omens to film S2 in Scotland
Amazon has renewed Good Omens for a second series, with Michael Sheen and David Tennant set to reprise their lead roles. Filming will take place in Scotland later this year.
The second run of the six-part fantasy drama will begin filming later this year in Scotland. It will explore storylines that go beyond the original source material to examine the friendship between Aziraphale, a fussy angel and rare book dealer, and the fast-living demon Crowley.
The two are living among mortals in Soho when an unexpected messenger turns up, presenting a mystery…
Amazon is already making its presence felt in Scotland, with oil rig drama The Rig currently filming at FirstStage Studios, Leith, Edinburgh.
Screen Scotland’s executive director, Isabel Davis, said: “Douglas Mackinnon has been instrumental in bringing this series to Scotland and it’s been a pleasure to support Amazon, Douglas and his team in setting up here.
“This is a transformational moment for the Scottish industry, with momentum building across the country through increasing large scale productions using our highly respected crew base and rich depth and variety of locations to a global audience.”
Neil Gaiman returns as executive producer for Series 2 and will co-showrun along with executive producer Douglas Mackinnon, who will also return to direct.
Rob Wilkins, John Finnemore and BBC Studios Productions’ head of comedy Josh Cole will also executive produce, with Finnemore serving as co-writer alongside Gaiman.
Good Omens is based on the internationally bestselling novel of the same name by Terry Pratchett and Gaiman. The new season is produced by Amazon Studios, BBC Studios Productions, The Blank Corporation and Narrativia.
Gaiman said: “It's thirty-one years since ‘Good Omens’ was published, which means it's thirty-two years since Terry Pratchett and I lay in our respective beds in a Seattle hotel room at a World Fantasy Convention, and plotted the sequel. I got to use bits of the sequel in Good Omens -- that's where our angels came from. Terry's not here any longer, but when he was, we had talked about what we wanted to do with ‘Good Omens,’ and where the story went next. And now, thanks to BBC Studios and Amazon, I get to take it there.
“I have enlisted some wonderful collaborators, and John Finnemore has come on board to carry the torch with me. There are so many questions people have asked about what happened next (and also, what happened before) to our favourite Angel and Demon. Here are the answers you've been hoping for. We are back in Soho, and all through time and space, solving a mystery, which starts with an angel wandering through Soho, with no memory.”
Sheen added: “Personally I’m against it, but the world isn’t going to just save itself, is it? If David and I can manage to not fall out too badly this time it may even have a chance of getting finished.”
Tennant said: “The return of Good Omens is great news for me, personally. As I get to work with Michael again, and I get to say Neil’s wonderful words once more. It’s probably less good for the universe as it almost certainly means there will be some fresh existential threat to its existence to deal with, but, you know - swings and roundabouts...”
Image: Sophie Mutevelian/Amazon Prime/BBC.
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