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Starlings to return for second series on Sky1

Rebecca Night

Story by Jack Foley

SKY1 has recommissioned three of its comedy series, including the Brendan Coyle-Lesley Sharp Sunday night favourite Starlings.

The show – created by and also starring Matt King (of Peep Show fame) and Steve Edge (Star Stories) – has received an order for eight more 60-minute episodes that will air in 2013.

It means Coyle has two popular Sunday night shows given his high profile position among the Downton Abbey ensemble.

Anthology series Little Crackers will also return for a third run this Christmas, with confirmed stars to include Katy Brand, Paul O’Grady, Jason Manford, Alison Steadman and Joanna Lumley, who will also direct her film.

Further names will be announced in the near future.

The third comedy to be making a comeback will be Chris O’Dowd’s semi-autobiographical comedy Moone Boy, which has actually been renewed even before the first series has aired.

Inspired by the comic’s own Little Crackers, Moone Boy is set in a small Irish town in 1989 and follows a spirited 11-year-old, named Martin (David Rawle), and his imaginary friend (O’Dowd).

The first run of episodes is scheduled for September.

In what is proving to be a busy time for Sky1 renewals, Charlie Brooker’s cop drama spoof A Touch of Cloth, starring John Hannah and Suranne Jones, will also return following its initial run in August.

Related: Read our exclusive interview with Starlings’ Rebecca Night

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