A second season of Good Omens has been announced for BBC Studios/Amazon!
The internet has been set ablaze with the news that there will be a second series of Good Omens! The new season features the return of all the key players from the first run. Former Doctor Who star David Tennant is back for the six new episodes as Crowley, the demon who didn’t so much fall as saunter vaguely downwards. Meanwhile, Crowley’s opposite number and unlikely best friend, the angel Arizaphale, is once again played by Michael Sheen. Neil Gaiman, who co-wrote the original Good Omens novel with the late Terry Pratchett, is back too. Having adapted the novel for series one, and acted as showrunner, Gaiman co-writes Season Two with John Finnemore (Cabin Pressure). He also shares showrunning duties this time with Douglas Mackinnon. Mackinnion’s is back in the director’s chair as well, after directing all of the first season.
Season Two draws on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s original ideas for a sequel novel
The first series, like the novel, featured Crowley and Arizaphale as a mismatched pair of supernatural operatives. Agents who’ve spent millennia keeping an eye on events on Earth for their Heavenly and Hellish masters. When the Anti-Christ is born it begins the countdown to the Apocalypse. And the pair hatch a scheme to save the world they’ve grown to quite like. One Hallowe’en in 1989, Pratchett and Gaiman sketched out ideas for what happened next for a potential sequel. But while that novel never materialized, those notes form the basis of the plot of Season Two of Good Omens. Plot details are firmly under wraps. But it seems likely that the new episodes will involve the consequences of the pair’s deception – having tricked Gabriel (John Hamm) and Beelzebub (Anna Maxwell Martin) into leaving them to their own devices on Earth.
Neil Gaiman has teased the premise of the new Good Omens story on his blog however. “There are so many questions people have asked about what happened next (and also, what happened before) to our favourite Angel and Demon,” he explains. “Here are, perhaps, some of the answers you’ve been hoping for.
“As Good Omens continues, we will be back in Soho, and all through time and space, solving a mystery which starts with one of the angels wandering through a Soho street market with no memory of who they might be, on their way to Aziraphale’s bookshop.
“(Although our story actually begins about five minutes before anyone had got around to saying ‘Let there be Light’.)”
While the original Good Omens was made in South Africa, for this second adventure, the filming relocates to Scotland
The second season will be filmed entirely in Tennant and Mackinnon’s native Scotland. It’s a substantial move from the first run’s South African locations. “Taking Good Omens to my home country of Scotland to film a second season is an exciting dream come true for me,” Mackinnon reveals. “And with Michael Sheen and David Tennant returning as Aziraphale and Crowley, we really have an angel and a demon on our side.” Isabel Davies, the Executive Director for Screen Scotland was quick to praise Mackinnon’s efforts to bring Good Omens to Scotland, saying, “Douglas Mackinnon has been instrumental in bringing this series to Scotland and it’s been a pleasure to support Amazon, Douglas and his team in setting up here.
“This is a transformational moment for the Scottish industry, with momentum building across the country through increasing large scale productions using our highly respected crew base and rich depth and variety of locations to a global audience.”
The original hell-raisers have been tempted back for a second bite of the apple
And what of the central duo of Tennant and Sheen themselves? Since the first season of Good Omens they’ve co-starred in two series of pandemic comedy Staged. They became a beloved double act, playing heightened, and endlessly bickering, versions of themselves. Something Michael Sheen played on, joking of Good Omens’ return, “Personally I’m against it, but the world isn’t going to just save itself, is it? If David and I can manage to not fall out too badly this time it may even have a chance of getting finished.”
David Tennant, meanwhile, told the BBC that “the return of Good Omens is great news for me, personally. As I get to work with Michael again, and I get to say Neil’s wonderful words once more. It’s probably less good for the universe as it almost certainly means there will be some fresh existential threat to its existence to deal with, but, you know – swings and roundabouts…”
Production for Good Omens Season Two is well under way, with sets currently being constructed. It’s due to film later this year, though with no word yet on an intended transmission date. First though, David Tennant will need to complete work on Inside Man. His new series with fellow Doctor Who alumnus Steven Moffat started filming this week. Meanwhile, Neil Gaiman’s adaptation of his seminal comic series The Sandman is also currently filming. Gaiman has also teased on Twitter that, after Sandman and Good Omens, there’s a third fan-pleasing surprise to come. That’s probably not a return to Doctor Who for the Doctor’s Wife writer, but a Blogtor can hope…