The BBC have confirmed returning cast members for the second series of Sherwood. The drama follows a tense and heart wrenching investigation into two shocking and unexpected killings which shatter an already fractured community.
Reprising their roles from series one will include BAFTA nominated Lesley Manville (The Crown, Phantom Thread, Harlots, Mum, Save Me Too)as Julie Jackson and David Morrissey (Red Riding, Britannia, The Missing, State Of Play, The Walking Dead)as Detective Sergeant Ian St Clair.
The new series will continue the themes of examining the lives and legacy of those governed by Britain’s industrial past with stories from communities of the 'red wall' towns, the controversial deployment of so-called ‘spycops’ and how seismic ripples from the past can come back to haunt the present.
James Graham says: “I’ve been so deeply moved by the response to Sherwood. These stories come from my home, and I want to specifically express gratitude to my community for whom I know these subjects can be difficult, but - I hope - important ones to explore...
"The East Midlands and former 'red wall' areas like it are never just one thing - politically or culturally - and it’s been the honour of my life to give voice and character to a place I love. It’s a county of great stories and legends, past and present, and I can’t wait to show audiences more...
"It’s also a joy to see our incredible cast be so celebrated, along with lead director Lewis Arnold, who I owe a great debt, and Ben Williams. None of this would have been possible without House Productions championing and supporting me every step of the way, and without the public-service remit of the BBC."
Ben Irving, Acting Director of BBC Drama, says: “We are thrilled that James Graham and the team at House have agreed to return to the world of Sherwood a second time. This series has been met with an incredible reaction from audiences on the BBC thanks to the amazing work of all involved."
Sherwood series two (6x60’) will be produced by House Productions. James Graham will write all six episodes. More details be announced in due course.