In a thrilling revelation at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Jon Petrie, the Director of BBC Comedy, has disclosed that the captivating comedy thriller "Black Ops" has been officially recommissioned for a highly anticipated second six-part series. This exciting news arrives following the resounding success of the show's debut season on both BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Produced in collaboration between BBC Studios Comedy Productions and Mondo Deluxe, "Black Ops" was masterminded by a dynamic team including BAFTA-winning actor and writer Gbemisola Ikumelo, BAFTA-winning actor and producer Akemnji Ndifornyen, and the skilled writing duo Joe Tucker and Lloyd Woolf. This powerhouse ensemble has previously lent their talents to projects such as "Famalam," "Brain in Gear," and "Click and Collect."
The inaugural series of "Black Ops," which premiered in May of this year, immediately captured the hearts of viewers and critics alike. The show's intriguing blend of an engaging thriller narrative intertwined with uproarious comedy kept audiences on the edge of their seats and entertained throughout. Drawing an impressive viewership of 2.3 million for its debut episode and a total of 1.6 million across the entire series (BARB 28 Day 4 Screen), the show effortlessly merged the realms of suspense and humour.
The initial series introduced us to Dom and Kay, who, with intentions of reviving their community, joined the Metropolitan Police as Police Community Support Officers. Unexpectedly, they found themselves embroiled in a world of undercover operations and organized crime. This thrilling premise laid the foundation for a successful season.
In the forthcoming second series, Gbemisola Ikumelo will reprise her role as Dom, while Hammed Animashaun ("The Wheel of Time") returns as Kay. The charismatic duo is set to embark on a fresh adventure, guaranteed to keep audiences captivated. Akemnji Ndifornyen also resumes his role as gang leader Tevin, ensuring continuity and excitement for fans.
Gbemisola Ikumelo expressed her delight, stating, "It's been such a joy to see how audiences have gotten behind this show. So, it feels like a no-brainer to get the band back together and create more danger, adventure, and laughs for everyone. This next season promises to have Dom and Kay really surprising us. Can't wait!"
Akemnji Ndifornyen echoed her sentiment, exclaiming, "And we're back! We had so much fun doing the first one we just had to go again. Much love to our audience for watching and to the BBC for their support. I can't wait to show you what's next for Dom, Kay - and of course - Tevin. Let's go!"
The writing duo Joe Tucker and Lloyd Woolf shared their enthusiasm as well, stating, "We're delighted to get the chance to send Dom and Kay on a brand-new caper."
With the triumphant combination of engaging storytelling and exceptional talent, "Black Ops" has undoubtedly secured its place in the hearts of viewers. The Director of BBC Comedy, Jon Petrie, commended the series for its captivating balance between compelling plotlines and uproarious comedy. He expressed his eagerness to witness the next adventures of Dom and Kay.
The Head of Comedy at BBC Studios Productions, Josh Cole, reaffirmed the excitement, stating, "We're thrilled to be returning for more Black Ops. The show is a passion project for all involved, and with Gbemisola, Akemnji, Joe, and Lloyd, we have a glorious surfeit of talent at the helm. We can't wait to join Dom and Kay on another misadventure."
Set to commence production in 2024, "Black Ops" promises another exhilarating season filled with unexpected twists and uproarious laughter. Additional casting details are set to be unveiled in the near future. Stay tuned for more updates on this eagerly awaited series that has taken the comedy thriller genre by storm.