Brassic season 3: Will there be a third series of Joe Gilgun and Danny Brocklehurst’s acclaimed Sky One comedy drama?

With the first two seasons of Joe Gilgun’s semi-autobiographical series Brassic praised by critics, can fans expect to see more of the Brassic gang in Hawley?

By Sophia Moir Published: 12 May 2020 - 12.52pm
Sky UK

After a critically-acclaimed first series, Brassic recently returned with a ‘totally brilliant' second season that gave fans even more of that winning humour with heart.

Co-created by Joseph Gilgun (who plays Vinnie in the show) and Bafta-winning writer Danny Brocklehurst, Brassic season 2 saw Vinnie and the gang get up to more raucous escapades in the fictional northern town of Hawley.

But can fans expect more Brassic on Sky One with NOW TV? Here’s what we know about Brassic season 3 and beyond...

Brassic season 3 filming and release date

It was hoped that Brassic season 3 could air on Sky One in 2021, but upcoming filming for the third season has been impacted by coronavirus, which has shut down film studios and TV sets across the globe.

Brassic season 3 kicked off filming in Manchester in October 2020 - three months after the planned August 2020 production.

Michelle Keegan (Erin) posted a behind-the-scenes photo on her Instagram Stories, as did Aaron Hefferman (Ash), below:

Of the filming delay to Brassic season 3, co-creator Danny Brocklehurt previously told in an exclusive interview: "Filming is supposed to be this August, so theoretically it could still happen, but realistically it will encounter some sort of delay. Sky keep saying ‘progress as if’ but I think that’s optimistic. There’s really no point making predictions."

If filming for season 3 was to go ahead, it would be incredibly difficult to film with social distancing guidelines in place. 

"It takes about 40 or 50 people to make a TV show, some of whom need to be close together, some of whom might be hugging or kissing, and you can’t really film the show with masks on," he said.

Michelle Keegan returns for Brassic season 3 Sky UK
Michelle Keegan returns for Brassic season 3

Brassic season 3 plot: What will happen?

The plot and storyline information for season 3 is being kept firmly under wraps - partly because Joe Gilgun and Danny Brocklehurst are still writing it!

But judging from the ending of season 2, expect to see more of Vinnie's mental health challenges, alongside the Vinnie/Erin/Dylan love triangle.

What did Erin whisper to Vinnie as he was being taken away by police at the end of the series, we wonder?

Danny Brocklehurst promises that we may see more of certain characters on screen next series, after series 1 supporting characters Sugar and Erin had bigger roles to play in series 2.

"Similarly with series 3, as I’m thinking about it now, we’ve done the same again," he said.

"Certain people have come into it a bit more who we thought were good, like Gary the undertaker. We just like having him on screen."

Brassic season 3 cast in a nutshell

We’d expect all the main cast to return for season 3. That's leader of the gang Vinnie (Joe Gilgun), motivated single mum Erin (Michelle Keegan) and Vinnie's best mate Dylan (Damien Molony).

That also includes the rest of the gang - champion kebab eater Cardi (Tom Hanson), gay traveller Ash (Aaron Heffernan), the sexually liberated Tommo (Ryan Sampson), and garage owner JJ (Parth Thakerar). 

Plus, hopefully we will also see the return of Sugar (Joanna Higson), Carol (Bronagh Gallagher) and Vinnie’s blundering GP Dr Chris (Dominic West).

Brassic cast Sky UK
The Brassic gang are back in Hawley!

After John Thomson and Bill Paterson cameoed in season 2, expect to see some more guest stars in season 3. 

In fact, Michelle Keegan confirmed to that comedian Peter Kay is ‘in talks’ to join the cast.

“The last season I remember Joe speaking to Peter because Peter is a fan of the show,” she said.

“I don’t know if it’s true that he’s joining, I just know he was in talks. He would be a great addition to the show, I’m a massive fan of Peter Kay as well. Fingers crossed, it’d be hilarious.”

Is there a trailer?

There’s not currently a trailer for Brassic season 3 as it hasn’t been filmed. 

Will there be a Brassic season 4 and 5?

So far, only a third season has been commissioned by Sky. But Danny Brocklehurst is hopeful that the show can continue for at least a couple more seasons.

“We’d all love to do a fourth, but after that who knows? It all depends whether we’ve got the enthusiasm from Sky, and the ideas to keep it fresh," he said.

“Obviously I would be disappointed if it ended after three seasons, because I don’t feel like we’re there yet. I don’t feel like it’s run out of steam. But in the end, nothing goes on forever!”

Brassic seasons 1 & 2 Box Sets are streaming on Sky One with NOW TV.