BBC One has renewed its drama series The Village for a second season of six episodes, slated to air in 2014. The renewal comes after the series proved to be a hit for the BBC, over the course of its six episode first season the series has been averaging a consolidated audience of 7.1 million viewers in its Sunday night 9pm time-slot
Created by Peter Moffat, The Village tells the story of one village over the period of 100 years, told through the memories of Bert Middleton who has been a resident in the village for the full century that the series will cover. The drama will open in 1914, when a young Bert is being raised on his family’s farm in Derbyshire. The Village stars Maxine Peake, John Simm, Bill Jones, Nico Mirallegro, Emily Beecham, Charlie Murphy, Jim Cartwright, Anthony Flanagan, Annabelle Apsion, Joe Armstrong, Matt Stokoe, Augustus Prew and Stephen Walters. Company Pictures is producing with John Griffin, George Faber, Charles Pattinson and Polly Hill serving as executive producers. The show’s second season will chronicle the story of the village thorugh the 1920s.
Speaking of the renewal, Peter Moffat said: “I’m thrilled at the prospect of bringing to the screen the plans I’ve got for all these characters (and some new ones) as the life of the village moves away from the horror of war and into the roaring Twenties. Boom and bust, the Charleston and the Black Bottom, motor cars, extreme politics, fish and chips, jazz, bananas, cinema, the decline of the aristocracy and the rise of the middle classes – the outside world comes to the village, bringing with it the big drama that change always generates. I’m very grateful for the support the BBC have given this project right from the start. No other broadcaster I can think of would have the confidence to do it.”
Danny Cohen, Controller of BBC One, commented: “The Village is drama of the highest quality. Brilliantly written, beautifully produced, and performed with huge talent and imagination. I’m really proud to have it on the BBC and delighted it is coming back for a second series.”
Executive Producer John Griffin said: “We are delighted with the success of The Village and the response we have had to such a beautiful authored piece from Peter Moffat. The cast have been extraordinary in what is very much an ensemble piece and we look forward to working with them again on series two. We have worked closely with the BBC to make this an event piece of television that belongs firmly in the BBC schedules, and look forward to continuing the story into the 1920s in a second series.”
While John Yorke, Managing Director of Company Pictures, added: “It’s been a real thrill to watch an audience fall in love with Peter Moffat’s extraordinary world and take the tough, hard lives of the villagers to their hearts. It’s the first chapter in a story that we hope will span a century, and we’re delighted that the BBC have shown such faith and commitment to Peter’s vision.”