Channel 4 today confirmed the re-commission of Catastrophe, the acclaimed comedy series written by and starring Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney.
The series launched on Channel 4 at 10pm, Monday 19th January attracting an average consolidated audience of 1.2 million viewers to its debut episode. This rises to 1.6 million when including the Friday night repeat*. The comedy follows an Irish woman (Sharon Horgan) and an American man (Rob Delaney) who must navigate instant pregnancy and genuine disaster as they struggle to fall in love in London and has garnered rave reviews from press and viewers.
The supporting cast includes Carrie Fisher, Ashley Jensen and Mark Bonnar.
Jay Hunt, Chief Creative Officer at Channel 4, said: “Catastrophe is a real comedy gem. Sharon and Rob have done a magnificent job and we’re already looking forward to series 2”.
Jon Thoday, Joint MD of Avalon, added: “It’s a real pleasure to be working with such a talented team on such a great show and I’m delighted that we’ll be making more episodes with Channel 4.”
An Avalon Television production, with co-producers Birdbath Productions and Merman, Catastrophe was commissioned by Fiona McDermott, Comedy commissioning editor at Channel 4. The series is directed by Ben Taylor (Cardinal Burns and Cuckoo) and produced by Jack Bayles (The Mimic, VIP), while the Executive Producers are Richard Allen-Turner, Kara Baker, Rob Delaney, Sharon Horgan and Jon Thoday.
Praise for Catastrophe
“An edgy, slick, funny portrayal of dysfunctional middle-age relationships without once looking as if it was trying too hard” – The Sunday Times
“A heavenly match… Catastrophe is a triumph” – The Mirror
“The perfect rom-com for people who don’t like to admit they like rom-coms” – The Times
“(Horgan and Delaney) have created, with one random pregnancy, two delightful characters who bleed authenticity” – The Observer
“Cue more sharp lines and great chemistry in this very modern rom-com” – Mail On Sunday
“Restores quality, wit and unpredictability to the rom-com genre” – Heat
“Filthy, clever, snappy and heartfelt… It’s grown-up, rude, the sex scenes are hilarious and the two leads have genuine rapport”- Radio Times
“Catastrophe might be the best TV comedy of 2015… A sitcom which has genuinely hit the ground running from the very first episode” – Metro
“Already looks unmatchable as the best comedy of 2015…. Depraved, sweet and very, very funny” – the Guardian
*based on part consolidated data on the date of publication
Catastrophe Season 2 will also stream on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the US