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Breeders – Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard look to the future

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Both the stars of Breeders see the potential for more. 

Sky’s hit comedy Breeders finally lands its third series on UK screens next week. The show follows Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard as Paul and Ali, parents negotiating the complexities of life raising teenagers Luke and Ava.

Talking to Radio Times, both the show’s stars see plenty of scope for further episodes. Martin Freeman said:

“I think we can stand a bit more!” While still not becoming, you know, Luke and Ava being 45. Because they are still young – the characters are 11 and 13, so there’s still loads of growing up to do, actually. So I think that we could do more without it being desperately clinging on… there’s feasibly more that we could do, I think.”

His co-star Daisy Haggard added:

“The great thing about this story is it’s a family and people get older and change, so there’s so many different stories to tell. I think there’s definitely another chapter.”

Here’s the synopsis for series 3 of Breeders:

Breeders continues its bitter-sweet look at the struggles of modern parenthood. Season 3 starts days after Season 2 ended, as the Worsley family reels from teenaged Luke punching his dad, Paul.

Paul’s moved out and is staying at his mother-in-law Leah’s house. He should be lonely but actually the simpler life has its appeal. Eventually, though, amends with Luke must be made.

Meanwhile Ally has her own problems – with work, with her early menopause and with her increasingly strained relationship with her newly adolescent daughter, Ava. Gallows humour and large glasses of wine only go so far in quelling the angst…

As well as Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard, the show stars Alex Eastwood as Luke, Eve Prenelle as Ava and Stella Gonet as mother-in-law Leah. Paul’s eccentric parents, Jim (Alun Armstrong) and Jackie (Joanna Bacon) also return, with a new character played by Sally Phillips being added to the mix.

Breeders is produced by Avalon and FX Productions for FX Networks and Sky Originals. It was created by Simon Blackwell, with Chris Addison and Martin Freeman. Blackwell is the showrunner, with Addison directing episodes 1-5 and Ollie Parsons directing episodes 6-10.

The show returns to Sky Comedy on Wednesday, 13th July, with all ten episodes available to stream on NOW. The third run has already aired on FX in the US.