News: Armando Iannucci's Avenue 5 To Return

TV: Avenue 5, Sky One

Following the successful debut of the first season on Sky One and streaming service NOWTV, the Sky original comedy series Avenue 5 has been renewed for a second season.

Created and executive produced by Armando Iannucci of “Veep,” Avenue 5 is set forty years in the future when travelling the solar system is no longer the stuff of sci-fi fantasy, but a booming, multibillion-dollar business. The first series kicked off its nine-episode run in January and continues every Tuesday at 10pm. The series is co-produced by Sky and HBO.

Jon Mountague, Director of Comedy for Sky Studios, said: “They say ‘in space no one can hear you scream’ but Armando Iannucci proves they can definitely hear you laugh. Millions of viewers were left starry eyed by Avenue 5’s cast lead by Hugh Laurie, they can’t wait for more.” 

Creator Armando Iannucci said: “Sky is not the limit. There’s Space too. I’m thrilled Sky is giving me even more of it to play with. Nobody provides angst-ridden laughs better than Hugh Laurie, and we’re looking forward to seeing what further impossible situations and existential crises we can plunge him, Josh Gad and the rest of our fantastic cast into next.”

Hugh Laurie said: ““It’s thrilling to discover that space isn’t finite after all.  I’m very excited to be continuing on this journey with Armando, HBO and Sky, and also an amazing group of actors and writers who make me laugh every day.  Here’s to the future!” 

The series stars Hugh Laurie (Emmy® nominee for “Veep,” Golden Globe winner for “House M.D.”) as Avenue 5 Captain Ryan Clark; Josh Gad (“Murder on the Orient Express”) as billionaire Herman Judd, the mercurial face and name behind Avenue 5; Zach Woods “Silicon Valley”) as head of customer relations Matt Spencer; Rebecca Front Rebecca Front (“Poldark,” BAFTA winner for “The Thick of It”) as strong willed passenger Karen Kelly; Suzy Nakamura (“Dr. Ken”) as Iris Kimura, Judd’s right hand woman; Lenora Crichlow (“Being Human”) as engineer Billie McEvoy; Nikki Amuka-Bird (CINEMAX’s “Quarry”) as Rav Mulcair, head of Judd Mission Control; and Ethan Phillips (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) as Spike Martin, a space enthusiast and former astronaut.

Season one guests include Andy Buckley (“The Office”) as Karen’s husband Frank; Jessica St. Clair (“American Housewife”) and Kyle Bornheimer (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”) as feuding couple Mia and Doug; Neil Casey (“Silicon Valley”) as Cyrus, an Avenue 5 engineer; Matthew Beard (“The Imitation Game”) as Rav’s deputy Alan Lewis; Himesh Patel (“Yesterday”) as stand-up comedian Jordan Hatwal; Paterson Joseph (“Timeless”) as Judd’s business rival Harrison; and Daisy May Cooper (“This Country”) as Sarah, a member of the bridge crew.

Season one of Avenue 5 is executive produced by Armando Iannucci, Kevin Loader, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche, Will Smith; co-executive produced by Peter Fellows and Becky Martin; produced by Steve Clark-Hall. 

 

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