Stephen Merchant has confirmed his comedy crime series The Outlaws is set to return for a second outing, promising to ‘turn up the heat’ in future episodes.
Premiering this year, the six-part BBC show follows seven strangers who meet while doing community service after committing various crimes.
Starring actors including Christopher Walken, Eleanor Tomlinson and Rhianne Barreto alongside Stephen, the group – who are renovating the community centre – end up discovering a large, suspicious bag of money.
The thriller proved a hit among audiences, having been streamed 11 million times since its launch in October.
Stephen, who also co-wrote The Office and Extras, explained that he has been inundated with messages from fans expressing their hope for The Outlaws to return.
Fortunately, their prayers have been answered, the BBC confirmed.
In a statement, Stephen said he felt ‘overwhelmed by the wonderful response’ to the show.
‘Audiences have fallen in love with the characters as much as I have and my Twitter feed is inundated with people asking for updates on series two, so I’m delighted to confirm the entire gang will return for more adventures,’ he said.
‘If we made The Outlaws sweat in series one, we’re really turning the heat up second time round.’
Jon Petrie, director of BBC Comedy, added: ‘We can’t wait for fans to see what Stephen has in store for this second series as our Outlaws come face-to-face with the consequences of their actions.’
One fan wrote on Twitter that they couldn’t wait for series two because the first season ‘blew their mind’.
‘I cannot wait for series 2 of #TheOutlaws since series one just blew my mind from the awesomeness it had brought, and as mentioned, it had everything a viewer hopes to see,’ they said.
‘There were plenty of scenes that hit me in the feels. 2022 cannot come fast enough.’
‘Loved watching @StephenMerchant and cast in #theoutlaws. What a great series! So glad to hear there is going to be a second one,’ someone else said.
The second series of The Outlaws has already been filmed and is due to be released at some point in 2022.
Other actors returning to the show include Darren Boyd, Clare Perkins and Gamba Cole.
The Outlaws is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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