Fans were blown away by the return of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s black comedy Fleabag, hailing it a “bloody masterpiece”.
Series two episode one caught us up with Waller-Bridge’s nameless protagonist one year on from the ending to series one.
It centred around a dinner party to celebrate Fleabag’s father’s (Bill Patterson) engagement to her awful godmother (Olivia Colman).
The family occasion reunited her with her sister Claire (Sian Clifford) for the first time since her brother-in-law Martin (Brett Gelman) accused her of trying to kiss him (she didn’t, he did) last series.
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Viewers were also treated to the introduction of Andrew Scott’s character, a hot, sweary priest who is set to marry the betrothed couple.
Unsurprisingly, the dinner didn’t go swimmingly, with Claire having a miscarriage and Fleabag punching Martin in the face all before the bill was ordered.
Fans on Twitter – including comedian Dara O’Brian, Derry Girls writer Lisa McGee and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child writer Jack Thorne, were delighted to have the show back after a three-year hiatus.
“Jesus that opening episode of Fleabag was amazing,” O Brian wrote.
Jesus, that opening episode of Fleabag was amazing.
— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) March 4, 2019
Critic Fiona Sturges added: “I hope you are all poised for Fleabag because the first episode of the new series is an absolute bloody masterpiece.”
I hope you are all poised for #Fleabag because the first episode of the new series is an absolute bloody masterpiece.
— Fiona Sturges (@FionaSturges) March 4, 2019
And Derry Girl writer Lisa McGee (whose own show is gearing up for a second series this Tuesday 5th March) didn’t mince her words either…
Well the first episode of #Fleabag series 2 was fucking fantastic
— Lisa McGee (@LisaMMcGee) March 4, 2019
Terri White, editor of Empire Magazine, called it “one of the single greatest episodes of telly in years”.
JUST WATCH THE NEW FLEABAG ALREADY (the first episode of season 2 is one of the single greatest episodes of telly in years. YEARS) ????????
— Terri White (@Terri_White) March 4, 2019
Jack Thorne, who has penned the upcoming BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, also heralded Fleabag as a “televisual wonder”.
“Maybe happiness isn’t in what you believe but who you believe”. Welcome back #Fleabag and your mighty acid tongue, you truly are a televisual wonder.
— Jack Thorne (@jackthorne) March 4, 2019
— Dr Fern Riddell (@FernRiddell) March 4, 2019
#Fleabag.. utter perfection. Every look, word, punch. Capture every frame and hang it in the hall of fame already.
— Craig Heathcote (@craigheathcote) March 4, 2019
Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are our real Crown Jewels and we must treasure them #Fleabag
— Alice Jones (@alicevjones) March 4, 2019
— Dr Clare McCluskey Dean (@claremcdean) March 4, 2019
Fleabag series 2 continues next Monday 11th March at 10.35pm on BBC1. The new episode will also be available on BBC iPlayer from 10am