Set in the fictional Scottish suburban street of Latimer Crescent, this new six-part series will once again have its core cast.
With Arabella Weir as Beth and Alex Norton as Eric – the long-suffering Bairds whose home is often at the heart of the comedy – and Elaine C Smith as Christine, Doon Mackichan as Cathy and Jonathan Watson as her husband Colin, Jamie Quinn as the Bairds’ son Ian and Kieran Hodgson returning as his boyfriend Gordon. Graeme ‘Grado’ Stevely and Joy McAvoy will also be returning as Alan and Michelle.
The fifth series has been re-commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy, and Patrick Holland, Controller of BBC Two. It is a BBC Studios Comedy production, written by Simon Carlyle and Gregor Sharp. Filming will take place in Glasgow with the series expected on screen in 2021.
Two Doors Down first aired as a pilot in 2013, with series one launching in 2016. It has gone on to receive multiple awards including the Best Comedy award at the 2017 Royal Television Society Scotland Awards and Elaine C. Smith won Best Actress at the BAFTA Scotland Awards in 2018. It is one of BBC Two and BBC Scotland’s top performing comedies, and has had 26.8m requests across all four series on BBC iPlayer to date.
Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning says: “The audience popularity across BBC Two and iPlayer has led to huge affection for a show that now rubs shoulders with The Royle Family and Gavin And Stacey as a firm and long lasting sitcom favourite. The writing is so precise, the characters burst with comic vitality and the performances are a masterclass in comedy delivery. Poor Eric, what fresh hell is he in for?”
Steven Canny, Executive producer with BBC Studios Comedy, says: “We’ve been cruelly torturing poor Beth and Eric for the last 7 years and couldn’t be more delighted about having another go. Two Doors Down is a brilliant show to make, a genuine delight from start to finish, and I can’t wait for the audience to see what we have lined up for series five. Some overbearing neighbours may be involved.”
Two Doors Down (6×30’) is a BBC Studios Comedy production for BBC Two, written by Simon Carlyle and Gregor Sharp. It is Executive Produced by Steven Canny for BBC Studios and Kate Daughton is the Commissioning Editor for the BBC.
The pilot along with all four series of Two Doors Down is currently available to watch on BBC iPlayer.