The Split creator Abi Morgan reveals 'irresistible' inspiration behind upcoming special

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23 May 2024, 09:56

Abi Morgan, cast of The Split (BBC)

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The mastermind behind legal drama The Split has shared why she was desperate to reunite with Nicola Walker and Stephen Mangan for the upcoming special. 

The BBC recently announced a two-part special, taking place 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.



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Abi Morgan, who created and wrote The Split throughout its original run, will also be behind the special episodes, and while on the red carpet promoting her next major project, Netflix drama Eric with Benedict Cumberbatch, Abi revealed what was behind her decision to revisit the beloved series. 

On the motivation to bring The Split back, Abi told “I just love those actors. I love that show and the chance to go back and have this beautiful kind of destination wedding chaos and regrouping of this blended family was irresistible.

“We just finished shooting this week in Barcelona. It's really exciting to give it back to the audience who love it.”

On what fans can expect, Abi teased plenty of “great makeups, breakups, chaos and indecision.”

“The romance is totally there, but also it's about generational differences in relationships. It's about Hannah, our core, finding herself as a woman in her 50s now divorced, watching her children fly the nest and dealing with that empty nest syndrome."

She continued: “I hope it offers many things for many people. One of the reasons I bought it back is that the fans have been so vocal in their love of it. It was such a pleasure to be able to give them something because they've been so supportive of the show.”

The official BBC synopsis for The Split’s upcoming special episodes reads: “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?”

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