– which is produced for Channel 4 by Clerkenwell Productions and became a surprise hit in 2009 – returned for a second series in 2010.
The first series won the BAFTA Best Drama Award, and the series and its creator/writer, Howard Overman (Merlin
), were nominated for the RTS Awards.
Now, in Robert Epstein
's Television 2010, in the Independent
, the latest series has been awarded "Upstarts of the Year".
Epstein says: "Every episode of Misfits
has been a mini-epic, every character sharply drawn. And Robert Sheehan, as Nathan, had the best lines of 2010. (Let's hope rumours that he is leaving before a third series are unfounded.) Outrageously magnificent. Or, as the young offenders themselves would say, 'Whatever, yeah.' "
In November, as series 2 of Misfits
began in the UK, signs were already emerging
that a third series had been commissioned and that a US version was being considered.
That series came to a close just before Christmas – with a spectacular season finale and
an extended Christmas special – and fans were rewarded with confirmation that a third series is already in development.
Furthermore, Overman hinted that the Misfits
universe could be expanded a la Doctor Who
, with a spin-off series is being considered
Epstein – who writes for the Independent on Sunday
) – counters, in his TV review of the year
for the Independent
, the oft-heard comment that far from nothing worth watching being on television, there's plenty to choose from. " 'There's nothing on.' This is repeated on a weekly basis by whomsoever is scheduled to write the TV review [in the IoS
office], primarily to make the task seem Herculean: that's right, I'm going to create something extraordinary from a black hole of nothingness. This is nonsense. There's always something on – and a lot of it has been pretty darn good . . ."
stars Iwan Rheon (Grandma's House
) as Simon, Robert Sheehan (Song for a Raggy Boy
) as Nathan, Lauren Socha (Five Daughters
) as Kelly, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Money
) as Curtis and Antonia Thomas (Stanley Park
) as Alisha.
Before finding fame with Misfits
, Overman worked as a jobbing writer on a number of series, including the BBC dramas Merlin
. He recently created and wrote Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
for BBC Four, which is based on and inspired by the Douglas Adams novel of the same name.