BBC One’s hit Saturday night family drama series Atlantis has been renewed for a second season, TVWise has learned.
Created by Howard Overman (Misfits), Atlantis is set in the city of Atlantis: a mysterious ancient place; a world of bull leaping, of snake haired goddesses and of palaces so vast it was said they were built by giants. It’s into this strange, compelling realm that the young Jason arrives and an amazing adventure begins, bringing to life the vast store of Greek myths and legends. The series is being produced by Urban Myth Films & BBC Cymru Wales in association with BBC America and stars Jack Donnelly (Dancing On The Edge), Mark Addy (Game of Thrones), Juliet Stevenson (White Heat), Sarah Parish (Mistresses), Jemima Rooper (Lost In Austen), Aiysha Hart (Honour) Ken Bones and Robert Emms. Guest stars still to appear in the first season include Robert Lindsey (My Family) and John Hannah (A Touch Of Cloth).
The pick up for season two comes only four episodes into the show’s first season and after Atlantis opened as the biggest Saturday night drama series launch across all channels since 2006, even outperforming its spiritual predecessor Merlin. Season-to-date Atlantis has been averaging a consolidated audience of 6.7 million viewers, with the BBC noting that the series premiere pulled in 8.4 million viewers across various platforms and narrative repeats.
“Atlantis delivers original British drama with the kind of scale and ambition that we’ve come to expect from the cinema”, said BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore. “It feels very much at home on Saturday nights on BBC One, it’s been wonderful to watch Howard and the team create a whole new world, brilliantly inspired by Greek mythology which is proving a hit with all the family and a second series is richly deserved.”
While Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, added: “Atlantis has quickly made its mark and established itself as the new weekly fantasy drama fix for all the family on BBC One. The show is packed with creative ambition which is a credit to the team involved and a second series will ensure the show builds and grows with the audience.”