Two Housemates will return for a second series, with an expanded cast featuring Chris Kendall, Hazel Hayes, Sammy Paul and Benjamin Cook
Created by Sean Joseph Young, Two Housemates follows struggling actor Ryan Woodhall as he navigates his relationship with his housemate, Kate.
“It all really started from wanting to explore a relationship between two people who struggled to notice and express genuine feelings,” Sean explains, “which is a case for a lot of people, even if it goes unnoticed. We – the incredibly talented Ryan Watson and Lucy Chappell – initially filmed a pilot, and then I left to film a show in Belgium which, without going into it too much, gave me the idea to make my character an actor as a way of taking advantage of bad casting and film experiences!”
The first series of Two Housemates premiered in 2014, with the second scheduled for release later this year. Whereas Series One had self-contained stories within each episode, Sean and his team looked to delve into a more ambitious arc storyline for Series Two.
“With Series One, we came into it with the mindset [of] ‘Let’s see what we can do’,” says Sean. “With Series Two, we wanted to make it bigger and aim higher with everything we’re doing, as we now have a better grasp in making something on our own.
“It’s six episodes of continuous story that touches upon self-worth, success, and not truly valuing something/someone until they’re gone,” he continues. “It’s also funny, which is important to say after that slightly intense-sounding list!”
The new episodes also promise to introduce new characters, with Sean composing a cast of YouTubers that includes Hazel Hayes, Sammy Paul, and Benjamin Cook.
“I’m really excited for [viewers] to see the character growth in this series,” he says. “I like to see multi-dimensional characters with several intentions and thoughts, so I’ve focussed on that as well. I wrote a specific character for Chris Kendall. I already knew him from meeting him during a readthrough of a BBC Three show were were both on. We slowly became good friends from Twitter and hanging out, which [made] writing dialogue for him so much easier.”
Since its release, Two Housemates has gained a strong following, with the announcement of the second series receiving an enthusiastic response from fans.
As Sean explains, the new series aims to expand the universe that viewers came to love. “I think they’ll enjoy the new feel to it. The first series had surreal situations within an absurd world. Series Two contains surreal situations within a more grounded, realistic world, which lends itself more to highlighting the odder moments of the show when they arrive.”
As for surprises, if Sean’s favourite moment on set is anything to go by, viewers will definitely be satisfied. “Chris [pretends] to be a bird,” he reveals. “Without context, it sounds mad. With context, it still is. But I won’t spoil it.”
Those wishing to catch up on the first series of Two Housemates before Series Two premieres can do so by visiting Sean’s YouTube channel.
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