BBC One's Bloodlands will return for a second season with James Nesbitt

Naomi Gordon
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Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

From Good Housekeeping

BBC One's 'Irish-noir' drama Bloodlands starring James Nesbitt will be returning for a second season.

The series followed Nesbitt as DCI Tom Brannick, a police officer on the hunt for Belfast-based serial killer Goliath. It concluded on Sunday night (14 March) after launching last month with an average of 8.2 million viewers.

Last night's finale exposed shocking revelations about DCI Brannick, leading viewers to question what his future might entail.

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Nesbitt will reprise his role as the complex detective, telling the BBC: "I'm thrilled that viewers responded to Bloodlands so positively and that we will be returning for a second series. I'm always happy to be back in Northern Ireland and to reveal even more about Tom Brannick."

The crime drama was written by Chris Brandon and executive produced by Line of Duty's creator Jed Mercurio, who added: "Everyone at HTM Television is thrilled our debut production has been recommissioned. It's a tribute to the quality of Chris Brandon's writing, the hard work of our crew and the brilliant performance of our cast led by James Nesbitt.

"We're grateful for the outstanding support we've received from the BBC and Northern Ireland Screen and can't wait to reward Bloodlands fans with another twisty case for Brannick and co."

The fast-paced thriller is rooted in Northern Ireland, and filming will take place once again in Belfast and the surrounding areas, including Strangford Lough.

The series also starred Lorcan Cranitch as police officer Jackie Twomey, Charlene McKenna as DS Niamh McGovern, and Lisa Dwan as Tori Matthews.

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