BBC shares first look at returning crime drama Sherwood

david morrissey, sherwood, season 2
BBC shares first look at Sherwood season 2BBC

James Graham's critically acclaimed BBC drama Sherwood is returning for a second season set to air later this year.

Season two of the true crime-inspired drama inspired by true-crime events returns to Nottinghamshire to introduce new characters, with the BBC sharing a first look at the protagonists.

Alongside The Walking Dead's David Morrissey as Ian St Clair, season 2 also stars Lesley Manville (Mrs Harris Goes to Paris, Mum), Monica Dolan (Black Mirror), David Harewood (Homeland), Lorraine Ashbourne (I Hate Suzie), Robert Lindsay (Maleficent 2, My Family) and Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones, Vigil).

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The cast is rounded out by Sharlene Whyte, Perry Fitzpatrick, Christine Bottomley, Philip Jackson, Aisling Loftus, Bill Jones, Adam Hugill, Ria Zmitrowicz, Robert Emms, Michael Balogun, Oliver Huntingdon, Jorden Myrie, Conor Deane and Bethany Asher.

Set in the present day, season two introduces two new families that find themselves entangled with the Sparrows, "entering a complex web of local gangs, old rivalries, revenge, and betrayal."

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The synopsis for the new instalment continues: "Meanwhile, a newly appointed Sheriff of Nottingham is passionately fighting against a proposed new mine for the area, which brings the promise of much needed jobs and prosperity but also unwelcome reminders of the legacy that has mired the community for so long."

Speaking about having another season commissioned, Graham said in a statement: "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."

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Season 2 of Sherwood will return to BBC iPlayer and BBC One later this year. Season 1 is available to stream on iPlayer.

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