Amazon orders more Good Omens
June 29, 2021
By Nik Roseveare
Amazon Studios and BBC Studios have given the greenlight for a second season of Good Omens.
Michael Sheen and David Tennant are confirmed to reprise their starring roles as the angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley, an unlikely duo that teamed up to save the world from the apocalypse. The second season of the six-part fantasy drama will begin filming later this year in Scotland and will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in 240 countries and territories around the world at a later date.
The new season will explore storylines that go beyond the original source material to illuminate the friendship between Aziriphale, a fussy angel and rare book dealer, and the fast-living demon Crowley.
Neil Gaiman continues as executive producer and will co-showrun along with executive producer Douglas Mackinnon who will also return to direct. Rob Wilkins, John Finnemore and BBC Studios Productions’ Head of Comedy Josh Cole will also executive produce with Finnemore serving as co-writer alongside Gaiman.
Good Omens is based on th bestselling novel of the same name by Terry Pratchett and Gaiman. The new season is produced by BBC Studios Productions alongside Amazon Studios, Narrativia and The Blank Corporation.
Gaiman commented: “It’s thirty-one years since Good Omens was published, which means it’s thirty-two years since Terry Pratchett and I lay in our respective beds in a Seattle hotel room at a World Fantasy Convention, and plotted the sequel. I got to use bits of the sequel in Good Omens – that’s where our angels came from. Terry’s not here any longer, but when he was, we had talked about what we wanted to do with ‘Good Omens,’ and where the story went next. And now, thanks to BBC Studios and Amazon, I get to take it there. I have enlisted some wonderful collaborators, and John Finnemore has come on board to carry the torch with me. There are so many questions people have asked about what happened next (and also, what happened before) to our favourite Angel and Demon. Here are the answers you’ve been hoping for. We are back in Soho, and all through time and space, solving a mystery, which starts with an angel wandering through Soho, with no memory.”
Mackinnon added: “Taking Good Omens to my home country of Scotland to film a second season is an exciting dream come true for me. And with Michael Sheen and David Tennant returning as Aziraphale and Crowley, we really have an angel and a demon on our side.”
Sheen said: “Personally I’m against it, but the world isn’t going to just save itself, is it? If David and I can manage to not fall out too badly this time it may even have a chance of getting finished.”
And Tennant added: “The return of Good Omens is great news for me, personally. As I get to work with Michael again, and I get to say Neil’s wonderful words once more. It’s probably less good for the universe as it almost certainly means there will be some fresh existential threat to its existence to deal with, but, you know – swings and roundabouts…”
Good Omens launched globally as a limited series on Amazon Prime Video in May 2019.
With this second season announcement, Amazon Studios continues its relationship with Gaiman, who has an overall deal with the studio.