Taylor Launter in the second series of BAFTA-nominated comedy Cuckoo for BBC Three
The first series of Cuckoo was the biggest and critically acclaimed comedy in BBC THREE history.
It was also nominated for two British Comedy Awards and the actor Greg Davies (who plays Ken) was nominated for Best Male Comedy Performance at the BAFTAs.
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Just after renewing their wedding vows, Cuckoo (Andy Samberg) went missing in the foothills of the Himalayas where he was working on his book.
It’s now two years since his disappearance. He has already been declared presumed dead.
In the Thompson family life is just getting back to normal.
Ken (Greg Davies) and Lorna (Helen Baxendale) are looking forward to a future without the kids: Dylan (Tyger Drew-Honey) is going to college and Rachel (Tamla Kari) is rebuilding her life with the lawyer Ben.
But, obviously, Cuckoo’s absence is still felt especially by his young widow, Rachel.
This fragile equilibrium will be destroyed when a handsome and mysterious stranger (Taylor Lautner) appears in Lichfield, Staffordshire, where the show is based.
Lautner replaces Andy Samberg. who left the show to star in US comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Cuckoo debuted in September 2012 with 1.27 million viewers but it had been thought that the show would end after the departure of Samberg.
BBC Three controller Zai Bennett said: “Cuckoo was one of BBC3’s most stand-out comedies, so I’m delighted to welcome it back with the addition of superstar Taylor Lautner joining the critically acclaimed Greg Davies and an outstanding British comedy cast for what will be one of the comedy treats of the year.”
Executive producer Ash Atalla (The Office, The IT Crowd, Trollied) said: “Cuckoo is one of my favourite shows I’ve ever been involved in. We can’t wait to come back bigger and better”.
No broadcast date has been set.