BBC Three has announced a second season of Wreck.
Written by BAFTA winner Ryan J. Brown, the British slasher comedy follows Jamie (Oscar Kennedy), a gay 20-something who infiltrates The Sacramentum cruise liner to find his sister Pippa (Jodie Tycack) who mysteriously disappeared from the same vessel on a previous tour.
The series received universal critical acclaim with praise aimed at the smart, self-aware characters and the plethora of LGBTQ+ representation with supporting queer players including Vivian (Thaddea Graham), Rosie (Miya Ocego), Olly (Anthony Rickman), Lily (Romanique Ahluwalia) and Hamish (James Phoon).
In a statement, Brown said he’s “really thrilled to be serving up another slice of Wreck”.
“We’ll be back, bigger and bloodier in 2023. To have BBC Three’s confidence in us reaffirmed is the best feeling. I’ve always had big plans for where our story could go and to fully realise that is an honour,” he said.
“At its heart Wreck is a story about a group of underdogs fighting back and achieving the impossible and in some ways it felt like that when making Series one, our immense ambition meant we were up against it, but our cast and crew lead by our fearless director, Chris Baugh powered through in an inspiring way.
“To see all of our hard work pay off is a privilege and I can’t wait to do it again.”
Chris Baugh, director, said he “can’t wait to see where [Brown] takes this story” and is “very excited to see our incredible cast jump back into this unique world”.
“I’m particularly proud that we are bringing the show back to Northern Ireland where we have a world class crew who put amazing work and creativity into the first season,” he added. “It’s a testament to everyone involved that BBC is showing such belief in the show. I can’t wait to get started!”
Fiona Campbell, Controller of BBC Three, said: “What a joy it’s been to see Wreck sail onto BBC Three in all of its bloodcurdling brilliance. After that ending to series one I’m delighted that we won’t have to wait too long to find out what comes next for Jamie, Vivian and their fellow survivors of Quacky The Duck.”
In an interview with GAY TIMES, Brown revealed that he wanted Wreck to be “as gay as possible” from the start.
“Also, it was important to have two leads who were queer but didn’t have stories about their queer identity be part of the show,” he explained.
“I feel like we are getting more overtly queer horror, but often that’s still the sassy sidekick of the slightly ambiguous lesbian. [Jamie and Vivian’s] queerness arms them and prepares them for danger. They know danger better than anyone, but it isn’t part of their story.”
Miya Ocego, whose character just so-happens to be trans, commended Wreck for not feeling the need to mention Rosie’s gender identity.
“We are just existing like everybody else in this series, and that speaks volumes,” she said. “It’s amazing that Ryan created this little world where we should all aspire to be – without the murders, obviously!”
The second season of Wreck will film in Northern Ireland next year.
You can watch the entire first season of Wreck on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer.