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Netflix has confirmed that 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' is getting a second series.

The darkly humorous series – based on Daniel Handler's YA series of novels – was critically lauded, and Handler (who helped adapt the series to the screen) already said in interviews that he was working on the second series, so the announcement comes as no surprise. But it's the way Netflix announced it that's noteworthy.

It released a trailer that takes the form of the coded messages used by the secret organisation VFD that appears in the show. Take a look.

The letters highlighted in the message spell out – head there, and you'll see a message from narrator Lemony Snicket (which is also Handler's pen name).

"It has come to my attention that, despite my repeated warnings, you have viewed the Netflix adaptation of my distressing work, known collectively as 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'," Snicket says. "Some of you have event binged, a word which here means, 'Watched several episodes right in a row, despite having much better things to do with your time.'

"To my horror, Netflix has been encouraged by this and funnelled their ill-gotten gains towards a second season of this unhappy and unnerving series."

There's no word on when the series will air.

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