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Phoebe Waller-Bridge
(Image credit: BBC/Two Brothers/Luke Varley)

A welcome return for Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s dark comedy

A welcome return for Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s dark comedy

Fresh from transforming television with her incredible script for Killing Eve, Phoebe Waller-Bridge is back with the second series of the comedy that catapulted her career into the stratosphere.

Tonight we find Fleabag at a gloriously charged, awkward dinner, celebrating her dad’s engagement and exposing the rift with her sister.

Attempting to contain her fury, Fleabag does her best to play happy families, but don’t expect her to stay polite for long.

They’re also joined by the brilliant Andrew Scott as an unusual priest, and brace yourselves for the return of Olivia Colman as Fleabag’s deliciously vile stepmum-in-waiting. Sublime!

TV Times rating: *****

Fleabag

Stepmother: Olivia Colman (Image credit: BBC/Two Brothers/Luke Varley)

Phoebe, 33, tells TV Times more about the new series…

What can we expect from series two?

You’ll see a new side to Fleabag. She had to grow. A lot of the jokes I’d written were about religion, so I thought of writing a priest – someone who could be a match for Fleabag, but also different. I didn’t really know how to make it work until I had a coffee with Andrew Scott, who plays him.

Will the rift with her sister Claire be healed?

When Claire betrayed Fleabag at the end of the last series, it felt worse than any romantic break-up. The challenge is how to bring these two prickly people back together so they can love each other again.

Where did the inspiration for Fleabag come from?

I felt vulnerable a lot of the time, and frustrated about things that aren’t allowed to be said by young women in a public sphere: the messy parts of your brain, worrying you’re not the right kind of feminist, hating your body even though you’ve got to be proud of it… so it really came from that.