Hollywood leading actor Taylor Lautner will star in the second series of BAFTA-nominated comedy Cuckoo for BBC Three.
The first series of the critically acclaimed series starring Greg Davies and Helen Baxendale as Ken and Lorna Thompson was the biggest comedy launch in the channel’s history and was also nominated for two British Comedy Awards, as well as Davies’ nomination for Best Male Comedy Performance at the BAFTAs.
Shortly after renewing their wedding vows, Cuckoo (Andy Samberg) flew the coop to continue researching his book. While on walkabout in the foothills of the Himalayas, he went missing... eventually presumed dead.
It’s now two years since his disappearance and life in the Thompson family house is only just getting back to normal. Ken (Greg Davies) and Lorna (Helen Baxendale) are looking forward to a future without the kids under their feet. Dylan (Tyger Drew-Honey) is about to go to university and Rachel (Tamla Kari) is rebuilding her life with her new boyfriend, a nice-but-dull lawyer, Ben. Despite appearances, Cuckoo’s absence is still felt – not least by his young widow, Rachel. Everyone worries she’s lost her mojo since the tragic events in Asia.This fragile equilibrium is well and truly shattered when a handsome and mysterious young stranger (Taylor Lautner) appears in Lichfield, looking for the man who found fame and philosophy in the simplest of hot snacks: the jack-et po-ta-to.Thanks to his role in the blockbuster Twilight franchise, playing Jacob Black, Lautner is one of the most widely recognised film actors of his generation. He was also the youngest host of Saturday Night Live, and received rave reviews for his performance opposite Don Johnson in Boogie Nights at the third Live Read, directed by Jason Reitman event at LACMA.
Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three says: “Cuckoo was one of BBC Three'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 says: “Cuckoo is one of my favourite shows I've ever been involved in. We can't wait to come back bigger and better.”
Cuckoo series two is commissioned for BBC Three by Zai Bennett and BBC Comedy commissioning editor Chris Sussman. The series is produced by Rough Cut Television and will be directed by Ben Taylor (Cuckoo, Cardinal Burns, Spy) and series produced by Dan Hine (Cuckoo, Fun Police). It is executive produced by Ash Atalla (The Office, The IT Crowd, Trollied).
Production on Series 2 is set to begin shortly, with the episodes expected to be shown later in the year.source