Has there been a void in your life since the first-season finale of Jack & Dean Of All Trades? Have you been unable to function without your weekly dose of comedy?
Well, would you look at that – it’s your lucky day! Today, 16 March, Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs are finally answering the prayers of their loyal viewers by premiering the first two episodes from the second series of their hit comedy sitcom via online video platform Fullscreen.
Here at TenEighty, we were lucky enough to get an exclusive sneak peek at the episodes, and interview the pair about what viewers can expect from the new series. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of ten things you absolutely NEED to know about Series Two of Jack & Dean Of All Trades. Get ready for what is sure to be one of the comedy highlights of the year!
1. The series was Fullscreen’s first to be renewed for a second run
The first series of Jack & Dean Of All Trades premiered on Fullscreen back in April 2016, and less than seven months later it was publicly announced that it had been renewed for a second series – the first time a Fullscreen original had been brought back for an additional run. If you ask us, that’s a pretty big deal, especially considering Jack and Dean had been sitting on the concept for a while.
Speaking with us back in November 2016, Jack explained that the pair had prepared many more ideas, jokes, and storylines that they had hoped to utilise in a second series, so we’re glad they were able to pursue them.
2. The new series saw the pair once again teaming up with Paul Neafcy
2 years ago @JackHoward + @DeanDobbs asked me to help write a sitcom. This show changed my life. LET IT CHANGE YOURS https://t.co/J3xA8zTdXZ
— NEAFCY (@PNeafcy) March 9, 2017
For Series One, Jack and Dean approached fellow YouTuber Paul Neafcy to help them write Jack & Dean Of All Trades. They brought him back for Series Two, and the result is definitely both the pair’s and Paul’s best work to date.
Speaking to us about the new series, Jack explains that they were able to work in a more focused manner this time around: “It’s the same characters and the same concept, but it felt like we understood it all more this time. We knew who we were writing for; we knew the rules. We knew what we thought worked. The main difference is that it doesn’t feel like ‘the Jack and Dean show’ now. It feels like it’s more of an ensemble, and I really like that.”
3. It’s just as funny as Series One, if not more so!
We don’t want to give anything away, but we thought everyone should know that Series Two is jam-packed with loads more running gags, jokes, and an overall humour that helps bring the sitcom together in a way that’ll leave everyone feeling satisfied.
4. Jessica Hynes returns as the ever-hilarious Marv
Don’t lie, we know Jessica Hynes’s Marv was your favourite character in Series One, so prepare for her to continue to appear throughout the second series. She’ll be around to help set Jack and Dean down the path of even more odd jobs (which we won’t spoil for you).
She’ll also be around to continually provide endless amounts of humour that’ll leave you laughing for minutes on end, even after she’s left the screen.
5. We’re introduced to Jack’s sister
Surprise! Bet you didn’t know that Jack’s character in the show has a little sister, and like all little sisters, she’ll be the one causing trouble when the boys least expect (or need) it: “The biggest new character is Jack’s sister, Lottie, played by Jessica Mescall,” Dean tells us. “She’s the antagonist for Jack and Dean; she gets in their way and shows up when it’s as inconvenient as possible.”
As for what kind of trouble she causes, we won’t say. Watch the series and you’ll find out!
6. They break into prison?!
The end of Series One saw Jack’s girlfriend, Emma, sentenced to seven years in jail for armed robbery, so does it come as any surprise that the pair would break into prison?
7. Prepare for more musical numbers!
Here at TenEighty, we’re always down for a catchy musical number, so you can bet we were excited to see that the first series of Jack & Dean Of All Trades included one. And thankfully, Jack and Dean will be including yet another in this new series, so we can get our musical fix while listening to their lovely voices.
Honestly, who knew these two were so talented?!
8. There are a few celebrity cameos…
Yes, you read right. This series of Jack & Dean Of All Trades features quite a few celebrity cameos, including ones from Game of Thrones star Jacob Anderson (a.k.a. Raleigh Ritchie) and Borderline‘s David Elms, both of whom the pair enjoyed working with.
According to Jack: “We had one day with Jacob and it was probably my favourite scene to shoot. He was the worst for corpsing, which isn’t good for my director self, but my writer and actor self absolutely loved it. It gave me confidence in the work and made the scene come to life more.
“David was brilliant for improv and rounding out his character. Even though he was a small part, he really lifted the words from the page and created something we couldn’t have written down.”
9. There are a fair few YouTuber cameos as well
Series One was filled with YouTuber cameos: Paul, Khyan Mansley, Louise Pentland, Daniel J. Layton, Benjamin Cook, Chris Kendall… We could go on. And you know what? Series Two is no different! Be sure to be on the lookout for cameos from the likes of Dodie Clark, Stefan Abingdon of The Midnight Beast, Hazel Hayes, and more!
It’s so cool seeing our faves show off their acting chops!
10. Watch the series in full and be rewarded
The series is filled with multiple running gags, so those viewers who tune into each episode should watch closely in order to catch them all (kind of like Pokémon). Trust us, you’ll be rewarded for your diligence!
Are you excited yet?
We certainly hope so! Jack & Dean Of All Trades Series Two is sure to bring the laughs we’ve all been in need of recently. We definitely suggest everyone give the new series a watch, whether you’re a long-time fan or someone who’s just recently hopped aboard. You can tell how much effort they’ve put into this and we’re glad to say it paid off!
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