A fourth season of hit Sky comedy Brassic has been confirmed before the third has even hit the airwaves.

And one of the show's biggest stars, Michelle Keegan, has signed up to continue being a central part of it.

Sky One comedy Brassic is set in the fiction northern town of Hawley and focuses on a group of hapless mates as they travel through life in a rather unique manner involving crime.

Co-created by Joe Gilgun, who also stars in the show as Vinny, many of the stories are inspired by his own upbringing in Chorley - although what is fact and what is fiction has, for the most, been left up to the viewers to decide.

The success of the show has seen it gain winning reviews from critics and even led to a Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards for scriptwriter Danny Brocklehurst.

Speculation about Michelle's return to the show for a fourth time peaked in light of a report that said she "jumped at the chance" to reprise Erin Croft, a single mum seeking a better life for herself and son Tyler, the Mirror reports.

Insiders said: "Michelle loves the show and filming as Erin - she jumped at the chance to play her again."

Brassic also stars Damien Molony (Dylan), Tom Hanson (Cardi) and Aaron Heffernan (Ash).

Brassic season 3
Brassic season 3

Season two left viewers on a cliffhanger after Vinnie and his pals plotted to steal a wedding - yes, an actual wedding - before it was foiled with Vinnie arrested.

After being nicked, Vinne told Erin: "I know it's wrong, but you're the first thing in the morning, and you're the last thing at night."

Replying, Erin said: "I just...I don't know how to tell you how much you mean to me."

The scene then cut away while Erin whispered something in Vinnie's ear - something we have still to find out about.

Since it's creation, filming for the black comedy has taken place across the likes of Bacup, the South Pennines, Bolton, and Manchester city centre, with Bacup regularly used for the show's fictional town, Hawley.

The third series of the show - coming later this year - will follow Vinnie's release from prison and his attempts to stay out of trouble with the law.

Filming for the third series was massively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, with filming shut down on numerous occasions due to the virus.

"Thrilling, funny and specially extended to eight episodes, the new season sees the friends thrown deeper and deeper into trouble," Sky Ones says.

"With pressure building from the police and crime boss Mr. McCann, Vinnie is forced to ruthlessly take no prisoners in his bid to escape.

"Bigger, bolder and more bonkers than ever, it’s a hectic world of bulls, snakes, kidnappings, betrayal, and this time, a full-size horse ... it’s classic Brassic."

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