Comedy-drama series, Avoidance, has started filming for its second season and includes an array of new cast members, including Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films.


Lewis recently appeared in Channel 5's All Creatures Great and Small as Hugh Hulton, as well starring as Sean Balmforth in the BBC's Happy Valley.

Avoidance first aired in June 2022 and follows a man who has severe issues with confrontation, who runs away with his son when his wife tells him she's leaving him.

As per the BBC: "If series one was about a break-up and rebuilding a broke home, series two is about falling in love, messy reconciliation and a baby."

Returning to the show are Romesh Ranganathan, Jessica Knappett (Drifters), Kieran Logendra, Mandeep Dhillon (Afterlife), Lisa McGrillis (Mum) and Bruce Mackinnon (The Catherine Tate Show).

12 new cast members are also joining the series. Those cast for season 2 alongside Lewis are Aisling Bea (This Way Up), Louise Ford (The Windsors), Olive Tennant (Belfast), Alex Ranganathan, Jessica Ransom (Horrible Histories), Paula Wilcox (Upstart Crow), Philip Jackson (Brassed Off), Ed Kear (Here We Go), Colin Hoult (Murder in Successville), Michael Spicer (The Room Next Door) and Brona C Titley (The Outlaws).

Cast L-R: Aisling Bea, Colin Hoult, Romesh Ranganathan, Jessica Knappett, Mandeep Dhillon, Lisa McGrillis. Photographer is Gary Moyes.
The cast of Avoidance. Gary Moyes

Romesh Ranganathan said of the second season: "I'm delighted to be back on set with this amazing cast, so much so it almost makes up for the crushing agony of my recent spandex-filled wardrobe fitting..."

In Avoidance, Ranganathan plays Jonathan, a man with severe conflict avoidance issues, who is forced to change for the sake of his son.

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According to a synopsis: When his wife decides to split up with him, Jonathan insists they just wait for the dust to settle, but Claire is adamant that they need to tell their nine year-old son as soon as possible.

In denial, Jonathan runs away with Spencer to stay with his sister Danielle and her wife Courtney to avoid confronting his problems.

Season 1 of Avoidance is available to watch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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