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Blue Lights | Series 2 Preview (BBC One)

The critically acclaimed Belfast-based police drama Blue Lights returns for its second series, produced by Two Cities Television for BBC One and iPlayer.

Grace, Annie and Tommy are growing up fast as police officers, but nothing can prepare them for the turmoil they face every day. It’s a year since the fall of the McIntyre crime gang and the vacuum has been filled by rival gangs, all competing for dominance. Constable Shane Bradley is drafted in to help, but his motivations are unclear.

Tommy is dangerously seduced by the world of intelligence policing, while Grace struggles to deal with her son’s absence, and growing feelings for fellow officer Stevie. As a young loyalist threatens to take over the city, the officers face a major gangland feud – culminating in a violent and devastating confrontation.

Reprising their roles in the second series are Siân Brooke (Grace Ellis), Martin McCann (Stevie Neil), Katherine Devlin (Annie Conlon), Nathan Braniff (Tommy Foster), Joanne Crawford (Helen McNally), Andi Osho (Sandra Cliff), and Hannah McClean (Jen Robinson).

Also set to return are Paddy Jenkins (Happy Kelly), Desmond Eastwood (Murray Canning), Andrea Irvine (Nicola Robinson), Aoibhéann McCann (Geraldine Gilroy) and Abigail McGibbon (Tina McIntyre).

Joining the cast for the second series are Frank Blake (The Border, Normal People) as new Constable Shane Bradley, along with Seamus O’Hara, who starred in the Academy Award-winning short film An Irish Goodbye, as Lee Thompson, and Seána Kerslake (Bad Sisters, Ballywalter) as his sister Mags.

Also joining the cast are Craig McGinlay (Cobra) as Lee’s right-hand man Craig, and Dan Gordon (Bloodlands) playing Mags and Lee’s Uncle Rab.

Meanwhile, the BBC has ordered a third and fourth series. Series 1 launched to more than 7 million viewers (BARB 28 Day 4 Screen). It was within the top ten new drama series of 2023 across all broadcasters and streamers (all individuals) and the biggest drama series in Northern Ireland in 2023. More than half of the 28-day audience (56%) came from BBC iPlayer.

Blue Lights returns Monday 15th April at 9pm on BBC One, with all episodes available on iPlayer from 6am the same day.


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