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Sky original comedy Code 404 booked for second season after breaking records

Sky has renewed AI cop comedy Code 404 for a second season. Set in the near future, and starring Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays as a crime-fighting duo with a difference, the show has been a breakout hit for the broadcaster.

On Sky One and streaming service Now TV, it hit a cumulative seven-day audience of 1.9m viewers for the opening episode, making it Sky’s biggest comedy launch in eight years. The show is also Sky’s fastest binged original comedy box set ever, with over 360,000 viewers watching the whole six-episode series before episode 2 aired on linear television.

The show is Sky’s fastest binged original comedy box set ever, with over 360,000 viewers watching the whole six-episode series in a week…

“We’re blown away by the love our customers have shown Code 404. The winning combo of Stephen Graham, Daniel Mays and Anna Maxwell Martin has proven a force to be reckoned with and we’re ecstatic to be working on the second series,” says Jon Mountague, Director of Comedy at Sky Studios. The Studio is enjoying a strong run of original comedies, with Brassic 2, Breeders, Intelligence, The Trip, Avenue 5 and Hitmen also attracting big audiences.

Written by Daniel Peak, directed by Al Campbell and produced by Charlotte Surtees, Code 404 is as inventive as it is laugh out loud funny.

It’s the latest in a run of hit original comedies on Sky One launching with 1m+ audiences including Brassic (1.67m), Avenue 5 (1.5m), Bounty Hunters (1.4m), In the Long Run (1.3m), Intelligence (1.2m) and Breeders (1.13m).

Code 404 is set to air in a number of countries including the US, where it will premiere on Peacock, NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Russia and South Korea.  

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