BBC One’s ‘The Musketeers’ Renewed For Second Season

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BBC One’s newest drama series The Musketeers has been renewed for a second season.

“Drama in 2014 has got off to a great start on BBC One and The Musketeers has really brought something fresh and new to the channel”, said BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore, who commissioned the second season alongside the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson. “I can’t wait to see how things will develop in the next series.”

Created by Adrian Hodges, The Musketeers is a new adaptation of the legendary tale of the three musketeers. The series is set on the streets of seventeenth century Paris where law and order is more an idea than reality and follows the three Musketeers: Athos, Aramis and Porthos who are far more than King Louis XIII’s personal bodyguards. They stand resolutely for social justice, for honour, for valour, for love and for the thrill of it. The drama series is being produced by BBC Drama Productions in association with BBC Worldwide & BBC America and stars Luke Pasqualino (Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome), Tom Burke (Great Expectations), Santiago Cabrera (Merlin) and Howard Charles.

The series’ ten-episode first season is currently unspooling on BBC One on Sunday nights following ratings juggernaut Call The Midwife, with a further 7 episodes still to air. The pick up of a second season comes after the series – which is a co-production with BBC America –  premiered as the BBC’s biggest drama launch since the aforementioned Call The Midwife, with the first three episodes averaging an audience of 6.3 million viewers. The renewal also comes despite concerns as to how the series will proceed without Cardinal Richelieu, with the actor portyraying that character, Peter Capaldi, not returning for season two as he was recently cast as the 12th Doctor on Doctor Who.