Fleabag, the filthy and humorous however considerably broken character we met within the TV comedy of the identical title, has been desperately attempting to show over a brand new leaf.
“She’s actually been attempting onerous to eat avocados and go jogging and stay an excellent, quiet life,” the present’s creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge explains forward of the beginning of the second sequence.
It has been three years since Fleabag arrived on screens, however sequence two picks up a 12 months on from the place the primary sequence left off.
Nonetheless, it quickly turns into clear that Fleabag’s optimistic way of thinking is not more than a entrance and that she remains to be a good distance away from the girl she needs to be.
“There’s nonetheless one thing within her that is roaring and a fantastic disappointment as properly. She’s been rejected by everyone who loves her so she’s deeply lonely.”
That could be unhealthy for the fictional character, but it surely’s excellent news for followers who have been amused and moved by her tragi-comic exploits in sequence one.
That sequence noticed Waller-Bridge’s scatty singleton struggling to deal with a chaotic life by which informal relationships, familial tensions and a guinea pig-themed café with no prospects have been the one constants.
Not solely that, she was additionally tortured by emotions of guilt stemming from the suicide of her greatest pal and a fall-out together with her sister over the latter’s odious husband.
Collection two kicks off in a restaurant with a reunion dinner that quickly disintegrates in methods which might be each hilarious and harrowing.
But it surely additionally sees Fleabag meet a charismatic priest, performed by Andrew Scott, who jolts her into contemplating life from a special perspective.
“I used to be actually satisfied I wasn’t going to do a second sequence and felt I had a variety of creative integrity in saying that,” Waller-Bridge says.
“However a few concepts popped into my head that I acquired excited by and I believed, ‘oh, go on then.’
“The actual bedrock of it was tied up with the concept of faith. I used to be beginning to write jokes about views on the Christian religion and Catholicism, and that bled into the present.
“As soon as Andrew stated sure, the story actually began to take over in my creativeness. I preferred the concept of Fleabag assembly her match in somebody with the identical intelligence and wit she has who leads a totally totally different life.”
Scott is not the one new addition to a longtime core solid that features Sian Clifford as sister Claire, Invoice Paterson as their father and Olivia Colman – contemporary from her greatest actress win at this 12 months’s Oscars – as their far-from-beloved godmother.
Dame Kristin Scott Thomas additionally swells the ensemble in an as but unspecified position, whereas Fiona Shaw takes a break from Killing Eve – which Waller-Bridge co-wrote – to play a psychiatrist.
(Returning to Fleabag means Waller-Bridge additionally has much less involvement in Killing Eve’s second sequence, though she remains to be on board as an government producer.)
The author-performer guarantees that though Fleabag’s title character has “grown up a bit”, the brand new sequence will likely be simply as frank as the primary.
“Sexual candour is how Fleabag controls her atmosphere and conversations,” she explains. “It is a very empowering technique to distract from her interior ache.”
Nonetheless, Waller-Bridge herself will not be within the UK when the second sequence arrives on BBC Three and BBC One on Monday.
That is as a result of the 33-year-old is treading the boards in New York in a revival of the one-woman present that began the entire phenomenon in 2013.
“It is very nice coming again to the genesis of the entire thing,” Waller-Bridge says.
“It is fairly cathartic to return to the start, and studying the strains and rehearsing the play once more have reconnected me to the character in a manner I in any other case most likely would not have.”
Along with her thoughts on her six-week run at New York’s Soho Playhouse, Waller-Bridge is evident concerning the prospects of a 3rd Fleabag sequence.
“I’ve thought of it and there is not going to be one,” she declares. “That is it – that is the ultimate curtain.
“And sure, I did say that final time.”
Fleabag sequence two launches on BBC Three on Monday four March at 10:00 GMT and will likely be proven on BBC One at 22:35 that day. Fleabag The Play runs on the Soho Playhouse in New York till 14 April.