Detective Rabbit is back, and he is bringing Strauss and Mabel with him. It was announced this week that Year of the Rabbit will be returning for another 6 episode run. This news comes ahead of the first season's debut here in the states. The series will premiere on IFC this month, and has gained quite a cult following on UK's Channel 4. So, what are you in for this round?
IFC and UK's Channel 4 are returning to Victorian London for a second outing of Year of the Rabbit. The six-episode second season, written by Emmy and WGA Award winners Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil (Veep, Black Books) and co-written by and starring Matt Berry (Toast of London, What We Do In The Shadows), will once again focus on tough booze-hound Detective Inspector Rabbit (Berry), his hapless partner Strauss (Freddie Fox) and the country's first female police officer Mabel (Susan Wokoma) as they fight crime in London's east end. The renewal news comes just days before Year of the Rabbit premieres Wednesday, February 19th at 10:30pm ET/PT on IFC.
What We Do in the Shadow's star Matt Berry offered these comments in the official press release handed down by IFC and Channel 4.
"I'm looking forward to Inspector Rabbit returning back to our screens to fight crime in the past. This time he'll deal with all sorts of unearthly forces, including the Royal Family! Victorian London is presently very much where it's at."
IFC and SundanceTV Executive Director Blake Callaway added.
"Ever since he guest starred on Portlandia, we knew we wanted more Matt Berry on IFC. An often-drunk, frequently filthy, and always foul-mouthed Victorian detective hits the perfect 'slightly off' spot."
Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4, says this.
"Year of the Rabbit is one of the most glorious, gutsy and audacious comedies on TV, made by a fantastic cast and crew who relish every detail. We're thrilled to welcome it back. Here's to more absurd capers in the dark underbelly of Victorian London."
The series is produced by Objective Fiction out of OMG Scotland along with IFC, with international distribution all3media international. Year of the Rabbit will be directed by Andrew Chaplin and produced by Hannah Mackay. Ben Farrell and Ben Taylor will executive produce for Objective Fiction, along with Toby Stevens for Objective Media Group Scotland.
Year of the Rabbit premiered in the UK to rave reviews, including: "The unexpected comedy delight of 2019" (The Guardian); "The best new comedy of 2019" (Daily Mirror); "A rare bit of hot comedy on toast" (Independent); and "One of the funniest new comedies I've seen" (Daily Express).