'The Split' is returning to screens for a two-part special.

The Split will return for a two-part special later this year

The Split will return for a two-part special later this year

The legal drama - which was created and written by Abi Morgan - initially ran for three series on BBC One from 2018 until 2022 and followed a family of sisters working as divorce lawyers and the broadcaster has announced that it will be back with a couple of episodes set in Barcelona.

Abi said: “In a world of brutal break ups and tantalising make ups, the Defoe family are invited to a destination wedding of their own, promising all that audiences have grown to love about The Split. Problematic prenups, scandalous wedding crashers, and low-flying marriage proposals, as rom com meets gone wrong, in a chaotic and riotous weekend that guarantees to crack open the heart, before the last of the guests have gone home.”

The finale of series three saw Hannah (Nicola Walker) and Nathan (Stephen Mangan) attempting to divide up their twenty years as they tried to work out the possibility of having a "good divorce" and the special will pick up two years later, where the divorce lawyer and her family gather for a wedding at a magnificent vineyard, nestled in Catalonia’s wine region.

As well as the return of Hannah and Nathan, other cast members confirmed for a comeback for include Annabel Scholey, Fiona Button, Deborah Findlay, Ian McElhinney, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Elizabeth Roberts and Alex Guersman whilst Toby Stephens makes his debut as lawyer Archie Moore.

The special is being produced by SISTER for the BBC will air ahead of the forthcoming spin-off series The Split Up, which was recently announced as a six-part drama exploring the high-stakes world of Manchester's divorce law circuit.

SISTER Co-Founder Jane Featherstone and Executive Producer Lucy Dyke said: “It is a joy to reunite with Abi and our wonderful Split team for this two-parter for the BBC One and iPlayer. We have missed the Defoe family and their messy, complex lives so we couldn’t be more excited to send them to beautiful Barcelona for a glorious, romantic weekend.

"In this chapter, Abi explores the often terrifying prospect of facing new romance after divorce and promises a rollercoaster of emotions along the way. And welcoming the brilliant Toby Stephens to our ensemble, as lawyer Archie Moore, it’s safe to say, sparks are going to fly.”

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