Nicola Walker, Stephen Mangan and more return for The Split two-part special

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3 May 2024, 09:34

The Split's Nicola Walker as Hannah Defoe and with other cast smiling with a clapperboard

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Nicola Walker, Stephen Mangan, Annabel Scholey and more will be returning for two more special episodes of Abi Morgan’s The Spilt.

The two upcoming special episodes will pick up two years after series three finished with divorce lawyer Hannah Defoe (Walker) seeking her own divorce from her husband Nathan Stern (Mangan).

Joining the cast for the show’s next storyline will be Toby Stephens as a fellow lawyer, Archie Moore. Meanwhile, Fiona Button, Deborah Findlay, Ian McElhinney, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Elizabeth Roberts and Alex Guersman will all also be returning to star in the show.

Set in Barcelona where Defoe and her family are attending a wedding, the episodes - which will air on BBC One and iPlayer later this year - were announced today (3rd May) along with a synopsis teasing: “Set across one sun-soaked weekend, The Split will encompass break-ups, reunions and like all good weddings, plenty of romance.

“As the sun rises over the glorious Spanish countryside, Hannah is compelled to banish the ghosts of her past and open herself up to the possibility of love again. Can she find the courage to take the leap into a new future?”

Speaking about the special episodes, show creator Abi Morgan shared: “In a world of brutal break ups and tantalising make ups, the Defoe family are invited to a destination wedding of their own, promising all that audiences have grown to love about The Split.”

Morgan teased: “Problematic prenups, scandalous wedding crashers, and low flying marriage proposals, as rom-com meets gone wrong, in a chaotic and riotous weekend that guarantees to crack open the heart, before the last of the guests have gone home.”

Series production company Sister’s co-founder Jane Featherstone and series executive producer Lucy Dyke added: “It is a joy to reunite with Abi and our wonderful Split team for this two-parter for the BBC One and iPlayer. We have missed the Defoe family and their messy, complex lives so we couldn’t be more excited to send them to beautiful Barcelona for a glorious, romantic weekend. 

“In this chapter, Abi explores the often terrifying prospect of facing new romance after divorce and promises a rollercoaster of emotions along the way. And welcoming the brilliant Toby Stephens to our ensemble, as lawyer Archie Moore, it’s safe to say, sparks are going to fly.”

The Split will return to BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this year.