Our Girl creator plans third series of the Army drama – but will Michelle Keegan continue to star?

"While the British Army is out there in the world, there are more stories to tell," says writer Tony Grounds

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Our Girl creator Tony Grounds has revealed that he has plans for a third series of the BBC1 Army drama.

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“There’s room for a series three. While the British Army is out there in the world, there are more stories to tell,” said the writer at a press launch. “It can go on for as long as the British Army can.”

Our Girl returns for a second series on Wednesday (9pm, BBC1) with former Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan playing the role of Army medic Georgie Lane, who is sent on a volatile posting to Kenya.

Keegan takes over from Lacey Turner, who portrayed Molly Dawes in both the pilot and the first series of Our Girl. Talking about whether Keegan would continue to star should the BBC commission further episodes, Grounds added:

“I’m sure she’s got the legs for another series. Though I’m sure Michelle won’t want to be doing it in ten years’ time.”

To which Keegan herself replied: “You never know, Tony.”

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This latest five-part run will see the character of Georgie having to earn the trust of her fellow soldiers, and the respect of her commanding officer, while working in the biggest refugee camp in the world.

But for Keegan, the experience of filming in South Africa (which doubles for Kenya in the series) was far less pressured:

“I had the best time. We were there for two months and I thought I’d get homesick, but I loved every single second of it.”

Asked whether she missed husband Mark Wright and contact with family members, the actress commented: “There’s Skype. And FaceTime, which I use all the time. Mark came over, as did my mum and my brother.

“It was in contact the whole time I was there. So it wasn’t that bad.”

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Our Girl is on BBC1 on Wednesday 7 September at 9pm. You can watch a trailer below