Just last week RadioTimes.com users told us Bluestone 42 was the BBC3 show they’d most like to save from the axe when the channel sheds a huge chunk of its budget and moves online. And today, the BBC has announced that the bomb-disposal comedy will be back for a third series. Coincidence? Who can say…
Currently in the midst of its second series, the unlikely sitcom stars Oliver Chris, Kelly Adams, Matthew Lewis, Katie Lyons, Stephen Wight and Tony Gardner as the members of a British Army detachment in Afghanistan.
It mixes comedy about military bureaucracy, banter between the members of the unit and a long-running will-they-won’t-they plotline involving Chris’s Captain Nick Medhurst and Adams’s Padre Mary Greenstock with the potentially deadly situations their work places them in.
The news comes as part of a raft of comedy commissions for the channel, including third runs for Jack Whitehall’s school-set sitcom Bad Education and sixth-form comedy Some Girls.
Meanwhile, new series 600 Days follows a mismatched duo as they try to survive in a Young Offenders Institute, while Top Coppers is an action-comedy pilot about two police detectives.
BBC3 controller Zai Bennett said: “BBC3 is at the heart of new comedy in the UK and is not only still on air, but thriving. These four deliciously different and brilliantly written series and pilot demonstrate our ongoing commitment to bring our viewers more even more cutting edge, exciting and most importantly of all, funny, comedy this year.”