As a second six-part series of Romesh Ranganathan's comedy Avoidance begins filming, BBC One has announced the new cast members.
The first series saw Ranganathan star as an unhealthily conflict-avoidant man doing his utmost to avoid dealing with his recent break-up. Rather than telling his young son Spencer (Kieran Logendra) that his parents are splitting up, Jonathan (Ranganathan) took him to hide out with his sister and her wife.
Plot details are scarce, but the release hints at a brighter series two "about falling in love, messy reconciliation and a baby."
Ranganathan will be returning alongside Jessica Knappett as his ex-partner Claire, Logendra as their son Spencer, Mandeep Dhillon as Jonathan's sister Danielle and Lisa McGrillis as her wife Courtney.
Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter) and Aisling Bea (This Way Up) are the headline-making additions, while Louise Ford (The Windsors), Olive Tennant (Belfast), Alex Ranganathan, Jessica Ransom (Horrible Histories), Paula Wilcox (Upstart Crow), Philip Jackson (Brassed Off), Ed Kear (Here We Go), Colin Hoult (Murder in Successville), Michael Spicer (The Room Next Door) and Brona C Titley (The Outlaws) are also joining.
Ranganathan says that he's “delighted to be back on set with this amazing cast, so much so it almost makes up for the crushing agony of my recent spandex-filled wardrobe fitting...”
Avoidance is a Ranga Bee production for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, created by Ranganathan and Benjamin Green, who also directs. Ranganthan, Green and Knappett write the series together.
The scheduling for series two will be announced in due course.