Sky commissions two new series of Trollied

Jane Horrocks-fronted sitcom will return for two extended runs

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Sky1 sitcom Trollied might not have made much headway with the critics but the channel’s bigwigs evidently can’t get enough of its supermarket silliness and have ordered two more series of the programme.

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The first series of the Jane Horrocks-fronted comedy set in the fictitious Valco supermarket ends tonight, with a Christmas special to come later in the year.

On its return, the show’s run will be extended from eight to 13 episodes per series as Sky ups its investment in original comedy.

Trollied debuted to viewing figures of 1.5 million before shortly settling down to around 400,000 viewers per episode – enough, apparently, to make it the most successful multichannel comedy ever, according to Sky1 director Stuart Murphy.

“Following the tremendous response from customers, we’re delighted to announce a second and third season,” said Murphy in a statement.

“At Sky, we act quickly to reward and recognise great work, and as part of our growing commitment to original content, we will continue to back the creative brilliance of British talent.”

Ash Atalla, the executive producer of RoughcutTV, the company that makes the programme, said: “We’re glad viewers have taken to it so well and we’ll be working late, late nights to make sure the next series is even stronger.”

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The second series of Trollied is expected to air on Sky1 next year.