“a level of expertise that clearly shows… tear-jerking and heart-warming.”
“pacey feel of an American sitcom…the plot is more ambitious than you might expect for ITV2…Bugeja was big on structure, Stirling wanted to get as many jokes in as possible. Judging by the first episode they have reached a successful compromise”
The Evening Standard
It was announced today, 16th September 2022, that after a successful first series ITV2 have renewed Buffering, a sitcom created by and starring BAFTA-winning comedian Iain Stirling (Love Island, CelebAbility, Taskmaster), with co-creator and writer BBC New Comedy Award winning Steve Bugeja (The Russell Howard Hour, CelebAbility, Economics with Subtitles).
The 6 x 30-minute series continues to follow Iain (Iain Stirling) and his housemates, Rosie (Jessie Cave), Greg (Paul G Raymond), Ashley (Rosa Robson) and Thalia (Janine Harouni), alongside on-off girlfriend Olivia (Elena Saurel), as they enter their late 20’s, with every wrong decision, failed relationship and wasted hungover day intensifying the feeling that time is running out for them to get their ‘adult’ lives in order.
Iain Stirling said: “Steve and I are truly delighted to bring our passion project Buffering back for a second instalment. We can’t wait to show you what our housemates get up to”
Richard Allen-Turner, Executive Producer, Avalon said: “It’s fantastic to see ITV2’s continued commitment and support shown for this funny and sharp show from Iain Stirling and Steve Bugeja.”
Set to air in 2023, Buffering has been commissioned by Paul Mortimer, ITV’s Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions and Nana Hughes, ITV’s Head of Scripted Comedy. The series is a Comedy 50:50 production with Christine Robertson, Sally O’Leary, Janine Harouni, and Jessie Cave co-writing some episodes. Sam Michell (Stewart Lee: Snowflake/Tornado, Mrs Brown’s Boys) is producer, while Sophie King (Disability Benefits, Swan) directs. Produced by Avalon and Executive Produced by Richard Allen-Turner and Jon Thoday.
Other Things The Press Said About Series 1
“It’s Iain, he’s hilarious, he’s got a new show out… the headline of your character is brilliant, I watched it, I howled, I fell off the bed… it’s very fast-moving… it reminds me of Modern Family”
Claudia Winkleman, BBC Radio 2
Mark Wareham, The Mail on Sunday
“Hilariously surreal experiences…Stirling set out to make a series abounding with punchlines. Yet Buffering doesn’t shy away from the more difficult topics”
Caitlin Danaher, Royal Television Society
“Having seen the whole series in one go, I loved it, it’s one that is definitely filthy, what I’m really impressed by, is Iain, with how you’ve obviously drawn to some extent your experience in children’s TV into this in terms of source material”
Scott Bryan, BBC Radio 5 Live
“I absolutely loved it…within a few days I had binge-watched the whole series and found myself frantically googling to find out if there would be another…it even manages to balance funny moments with emotional ones, which isn’t easy. I’d recommend giving it a go on ITV Hub”
Ed Gleave, Daily Star
“Guys, this is brilliant, I think you’re brilliant, I loved this, I loved how fast-paced it was, I loved how it wasn’t afraid to go for a punchline, there was some real big laugh out loud moments”
Patrick Kielty, BBC Radio 5 Live
“[Iain] certainly has a more thoughtful side, too. It’s something that’s demonstrated his new sitcom Buffering…The show is packed full of funny moments…(a particular highlight being the desperate lengths Iain’s character will go to guest star on The Chase) but it doesn’t shy away from the more serious ones, either.”
Rowena Henley, Bustle
“Quick-paced and punchy, Buffering also contains a lot of heart and characters to instantly connect with…Buffering is one of a number of shows featuring young UK comedians to have emerged in recent years as the next generation of comedy storytellers are given the chance to shine”
Ross Crae, The Sunday Post
“There’s already a lot of hype around his newest venture: Buffering”
Georgia Aspinall, Grazia
“Former kid’s TV host Iain Stirling, aka the voice of Love Island, has poured his comedic talent into this six-part sitcom that has a solid grounding in real life… one ridiculous situation to the next.”
Eleanor Relf, The Sun
“I watched the first episode this morning and was giggling away in the back of a taxi on the way to work, I really enjoyed it”
Matt Edmondson, BBC Radio 1
“ITV2 have had a tricky relationship with sitcoms in the past, Plebs undeniably their best, until Buffering, a smart, funny and warm sitcom”
Elliot Gonzalez, I Talk Telly
“Beyond heartbreak, sex and navigating your career in your early twenties, the show takes on a huge feat of tackling miscarriage.”
Nana Baah, Vice
“Prepare to LOL”
“A love letter to that very generation”
Emily Baker, The i
“Stirling has a hapless charm”
Suzi Feay, FT
“Iain Stirling (the voice of Love Island) and fellow stand-up comic Steve Bugeja – both great talents”
Sean O’Grady, The Independent
“It’s not what you expect from an ITV2 sitcom and is handled pretty sensitively, showing that Buffering can be daft but deft too.”
Bruce Dessau Beyond The Joke/ Evening Standard
Alison Rowat, The Herald
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