Fleabag season two has been given a premiere date as writer and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge revealed she came “very close” to not bringing her dark comedy show back.
Waller-Bridge plays the title role in Fleabag, which will add Dame Kristin Scott Thomas and Fiona Shaw to a cast already boasting Oscar-nominated Olivia Colman.
The second season of the critically acclaimed programme, a co-production between Amazon Studios and the BBC, will debut on May 17.
Speaking at a Television Critics Association panel in Pasadena, California, on Wednesday, Waller-Bridge revealed she initially had no plans to return for a second season.
She said she took “great pride in my artistic integrity” to not come back but her mind changed when she thought about the story for a returning season.
While Waller-Bridge has so far ruled out a season three, she admitted she “may be surprised again”.
“There’s something driving it with this character”, she said.
Waller-Bridge, who also wrote and produced BBC America’s hit spy drama Killing Eve, adapted Fleabag from a one-woman show she first performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.