Peacock announced today its second season renewal of the critically-acclaimed, music-infused comedy series We Are Lady Parts.
Created, written, and directed by Nida Manzoor (Doctor Who), the hilarious and touching We Are Lady Parts follows the members of Lady Parts, an all-female, Muslim, British punk rock band. The series is produced by Working Title Television (WTTV), part of NBCUniversal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Channel 4.
We Are Lady Parts is at once a bold comedy and a joyful celebration of the richness and diversity found in contemporary London, while exploring the fundamental questions of life: Who am I? Where and with whom do I belong? But ultimately it’s about funny women with real agency, forging their own lives and identities in a world determined to do it for them.
Said Lisa Katz, president scripted content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming:
“We Are Lady Parts exploded onto our screens and into our hearts with irreverent humor, original storytelling, and boundary-pushing comedy. We’re incredibly proud that this fan-favorite series was heralded as groundbreaking for Muslim representation on TV and can’t wait to continue on this journey with visionary creator Nida Manzoor and this beloved ensemble.”
Series writer, creator, and director Nida Manzoor enthused:
“I feel so incredibly lucky and excited to have the opportunity to make a second series of We Are Lady Parts. I can’t wait to delve back into the world of the band and go deeper into their lives. Expect more high jinks, more music, and more flights of fancy. SPARTA!”
And Surian Fletcher-Jones, Executive Producer, Working Title Television, added:
“I’m so proud of We Are Lady Parts – for its wit, its inventiveness and it’s representation – and I’m absolutely thrilled that we’re getting to make another season. Nida has got so much to say about contemporary life and she’s found the perfect vehicle with this show to express her unique and inspiring world view. I can’t wait to share Nida’s vision for season two.”
Season 1 shows the highs and lows of the band Lady Parts, as seen through the eyes of geeky microbiology PhD student Amina Hussain (Anjana Vasan, Hang Ups), who gets recruited to be their lead guitarist while she’s looking for love and a husband. Although Amina is an unlikely candidate for a band mate, Lady Parts’s fierce and enigmatic front woman, Saira (Sarah Kameela Impey, Royal Shakespeare Company: The Tempest), sees something in Amina. However, the other members — taxi-driving drummer Ayesha (Juliette Motamed, Pagans), cartoon-drawing bassist and backing vocalist Bisma (Faith Omole, Endeavour), and the band’s wheeler-dealer band manager, Momtaz (Lucie Shorthouse, Line of Duty) — are not convinced she is right for their band.
Amina has never met girls like this before, and she’s soon swept up in their joyful, anarchic energy and punk spirit. But she becomes caught up and torn between two different worlds — that of her more strait-laced university friends, led by her bestie Noor (Aiysha Hart, Atlantis), and the world of Lady Parts. Will she be the key to the band’s success? And will she finally find a husband? (Watch it and find out.)
The show’s first season, which premiered in the US back in June and is streaming now on Peacock, won the prestigious Edinburgh TV Award for Best Comedy Series, and was recently nominated for two Gotham Awards as well as five Royal Television Society (RTS) Craft & Design Awards.
RTS Award winner Manzoor, who drew on her own experiences and took inspiration from the rich and diverse cultural collectives and artists in London for the series, is set to receive the prestigious 2021 Rose d’Or Emerging Talent Award for her ground-breaking work on the show, which itself is a nominee for the Rose d’Or Comedy Drama & Sitcom award.
Season 1 of the series is packed with original punk songs and surprising cover tracks, written and adapted by Nida and her siblings Shez Manzoor, who also scored the show, Sanya Manzoor, and Benni Fregin. As a companion to the first season, NBCUniversal International Studios and Back Lot Music released a soundtrack album, We Are Lady Parts, which is now available on digital streaming platforms.
Season 2 will launch in the US on Peacock as a Peacock Original series, and in the UK on Channel 4 (dates tba).
Stay tuned for updates.
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