John Cleese’s BBC comedy Hold The Sunset returns for series 2 on Friday – but is it worth watching and who else is in the cast?

HOLD the Sunset, a side-splitting comedy series by John Cleese starring Fawlty Towers, returns to the BBC this week.

Following the success of series one and the hilarious 2018 Christmas special, season two will once again be written by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Charles McKeown. Here is what you need to know…

 Hold the Sunset returns to the BBC August 2019

Hold the Sunset returns to the BBC August 2019Credit: BBC

What time is Hold the Sunset on?

Season two of Hold the Sunset will launch on Friday, August 2, 2019 on BBC One at 9pm, with a half an hour episode.

Filming for the new series began in September 2018 and wrapped up in October, following six weeks of shooting.

The first series premiered in February 2018 and a Christmas special aired that December, tickling festive viewers.

Oscar-nominated screenwriter and British actor Charles McKeown has penned the drama created by John Cleese.

 Hold the Sunset is created by John Cleese

Hold the Sunset is created by John Cleese

What is Hold the Sunset about?

The comedy series follows the lives of two pensioners, who are forced to put their life-long dreams on hold when an unexpected guest arrives.

In series one Edith, a widower, rekindled her romance with former boyfriend Phil and they planned to move aboard.

But their dreams were scattered when Edith’s 50-year-old son Roger turned up unannounced, revealing he had left his wife, kids and quit his job and come home “in an attempt to find his lost happiness again.”

Despite his arrival, Edith and Phil still planned to move abroad but with Roger showing no signs of leaving can they really drive off into the sunset together?

Hold the Sunset season one was BBC One’s most successful comedy launch since 2014.

More than six million people tuned in to watch the show, however, the programme received mixed reviews.

 Alison Steadman and John Cleese star in Hold the Sunset

Alison Steadman and John Cleese star in Hold the SunsetCredit: BBC Press Handout

Three reasons why you should watch Hold the Sunset:

  1. Oscar-nominated writer

Charles McKeown is the man behind the funny series and he has penned a number of screenplays.

Some of his notable credits include Plunkett & Macleane and Ripley’s Game.

  1. Award-winning cast

Stars including Alison Steadman and Jason Watkins have all won awards for their incredible acting skills.

Alison was awarded best actress by the US National Society of Film Critics for Life Is Sweet in 1992 and won an Olivier for Best Actress for The Rise and Fall of Little Voice in 1993.

Meanwhile, Jason Watkins has been awarded countless accolades such as an Olivier award for Best Supporting Actor in 2001 and BAFTA for Best Leading Actor in 2015.

  1. BBC One’s most successful comedy series debut

Season one of Hold the Sunset was BBC One’s most successful comedy launch since 2014 (need a better reason to watch – we think not!).

Who is in the cast of Hold the Sun?

The cast of Hold the Sun are as follows:

  • Alison Steadman as Edith
  • John Cleese as Phil
  • Jason Watkins plays Edith’s son Roger
  • Rosie Cavaliero as Roger’s abandoned wife Wendy
  • Anne Reid as the interfering housekeeper Queenie
  • Joanna Scanlan plays Roger’s money-driven sister Sandra.

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