The autobiographical comedy Changing Ends, starring Alan Carr, is coming back for a second season, ITV has confirmed.
According to the network: “The first series debuted on ITVX earlier this year and has drawn more viewers than any other comedy on the platform, exceeding all expectations. We are now in a great position to commission a second series before the first one airs on ITV1 in 2024 thanks to this.”
The story of Changing Ends is based on Carr’s childhood in Northampton during the 1980s, when he was a fourth division football manager’s son. Carr plays the adult version of himself, while Young Alan is portrayed by Oliver Savell. Nancy Sullivan and Shaun Dooley portray his parents.
Baby Cow Productions plans to film six additional half-hour episodes, with production set to begin in early 2024. It is anticipated that the resulting series will premiere in the summer on ITVX.
Simon Carlyle, the writer of Two Doors Down, and Carr created the series. Carr wrote the new series on his own after Carlyle passed away in August.
“To be given a second series of Changing Ends is a dream come true,” says producer Mollie Freedman Berthoud, “bringing Alan Carr’s life to the screen with the most wonderful cast and crew has been so rewarding and fulfilling.” We are devastated, though, to have to take these actions in the absence of the amazing Simon Carlyle.
Even though we will be missing him and his contagious laughter greatly, we are honored to be carrying on with the lovely show he co-created.”
Alan Carr remarks, “Looks like we’re heading back to Northampton!!” in response to the recommission. I’m overjoyed that Changing Ends is returning for a second season. First of all, who doesn’t enjoy a recommission? Secondly, and this is entirely selfish, I have a ton of untold stories from my adolescent years in Northampton about my family, neighbors, and—spoiler alert—football! Surprised!”
“The love for Changing Ends on ITVX has blown us away, Alan & Simon, the cast and crew created a brilliant Series 1 and it’s so good to see viewers are enjoying it,” says Nana Hughes, Head of Comedy at ITV.
“Changing Ends is a classic Baby Cow hit,” says Sarah Monteith, CEO of Baby Cow. Despite being primarily sentimental and humorous, it makes a significant point about prejudice. Alan is a master of wit and wisdom in his writing.”
“Alan Carr, brilliant and beloved as a comedian, broadcaster, and writer, has made the transition into sitcom-making look effortless,” continues Steve Coogan, co-founder of Baby Cow. Even though I’m excited that Baby Cow will be producing a second season of Changing Ends—a very funny and touching show that viewers will undoubtedly enjoy—I do hope he has to work hard this time.