BBC Two has ordered a third series of its Bafta-winning sitcom Rev – but not until 2014.
The show will go into development until next autumn, when it will be filmed, for planned broadcast around 18 months from now.
It is made by Big Talk, whose chief executive Kenton Allen said the delay was in finding a time when everyone in the cast, including co-creator Tom Hollander and Olivia Colman, was available
‘Such is the brilliance of the Rev cast that getting everyone back together for further adventures is always challenging,’ he said.
‘But I'm delighted that we've managed to get [Rev] Adam [Smallbone] and his congregation back into church for what I hope will be an extraordinary third season of a show that is extremely special for all those involved.’
BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow added: 'We’re absolutely delighted to have Rev. back on the channel. It’s one of the real comedy jewels in BBC Two’s crown.'
Co-creator James Wood will be back as lead writer on the series, with Peep Show’s Sam Bain as script editor.