Controversial E4 show Stage School to return for second series

Students from D&B Academy of Performing Arts, who will star in the show, with co-owner Donna Sullivan (centre)
Students from D&B Academy of Performing Arts, who appeared in the first series of the E4 reality show, with co-owner Donna Sullivan (centre)
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E4 drama series Stage School has been commissioned for a second series, Channel 4 has confirmed.

The first series of the scripted reality show, which follows students at the D&B Academy of Performing Arts in Kent, was aired in September 2016.

It provoked criticism from some viewers who claimed that it misrepresented arts training.

A petition calling for the programme to be axed attracted more than 2,000 signatures.

According to a poll conducted by The Stage, 89% of 1,362 respondents thought that the show was damaging the reputation of drama training in the UK.

Jonathan Stadlen, executive producer of the 30-part series, said: “Building on the first series of Stage School, we are looking forward to a super-sized series two, featuring the young and incredibly talented students at the D&B Academy. Expect bigger performances in real settings and storylines following the young hopefuls on their journey to success.”

No transmission date has been announced yet.