Monday 26 September 2016

Channel 4 renews Sharon Horgan's hit comedy Catastrophe for two more seasons

Meadhbh McGrath

Published 12/07/2016 | 19:59

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney in Catastrophe.
Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney in Catastrophe.
Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney who have made the Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe together
Sharon Horgan, co-creator and leading lady of the acclaimed sitcom Catastrophe

Channel 4 has ordered two more seasons of Sharon Horgan’s hit comedy series Catastrophe.

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The show, which launched in 2015, is written by and stars Horgan and American comic Rob Delaney.

Catastrophe has proved a huge success for Channel 4, winning a BAFTA for writing and becoming the channel’s second highest-performing comedy of the year.

Phil Clarke, head of comedy at the network, described the show as a “brave, razor-edged, excruciatingly honest and painfully funny portrayal of a modern, long-term relationship”.

Speaking about the renewal, Horgan and Delaney said in a statement: “We are thrilled to be making a third series of Catastrophe. Rob and Sharon are a blast to spend time with.

“And we’re not talking about ourselves in the third person, we’re talking about the characters. We're eager to breathe life back into Rob and Sharon. Okay, now we are talking about us.”

They added: “We’re looking forward to putting Rob and Sharon (both us and the characters) through further pain for your enjoyment (now we’re talking about you).”

In an interview with Vulture earlier this year, Horgan spoke about the difficulties writing all of the episodes themselves without the help of a writer’s room.

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney who have made the Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe together
Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney who have made the Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe together

She also revealed that unlike the time jump in the second season, season three would pick up immediately where the finale left off.

“We're both really scared of repeating ourselves. We're both scared of formula and people working out what our trick is,” she said.

“You know, when you have a favourite show, and you watch season one and two, and then season three you're like Oh, I get it. I get the joke. I saw that coming.

“I think we're both deeply terrified of that happening so whatever we can do to avoid. If that means getting them to Boston, if that means a whole new ream of characters.

Sharon Horgan, co-creator and leading lady of the acclaimed sitcom Catastrophe
Sharon Horgan, co-creator and leading lady of the acclaimed sitcom Catastrophe

“It's wanting to keep things fresh for ourselves, but it's also being respectful of our audience and wanting to keep things interesting.”

The third six-part season will begin production in November and is expected to premiere on Channel 4 next year.

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