Fresh off of a BAFTA nomination for Best Miniseries, ITV has ordered a second season of Prey. Three episodes have been ordered for the show’s second season, which will feature a new story and will not be a direct continuation of the first season.
Prey initially told the story of Detective Constable Marcus Farrow (John Simm), a man on the run, desperate to clear his name after he is framed for a murder he did not commit. It is understood that Simm will not be returning for the new episodes, with Philip Glenister taking on the position of lead actor in the second season. However, Rosie Cavaliero, who played DS Susan Reinhardt in the first season, is on-board to reprise her role for these new episodes..
The show’s second season will tell the story of Prison Officer David Murdoch (Glenister), whose life becomes complicated when events spiral out of control on a routine visit to a Manchester hospital with a female prisoner. David takes a phone call, which will change his life forever and suddenly sees him on the wrong side of the law. With the life of his heavily pregnant daughter, Emma, threatened, David has no alternative but to go ‘on the run’ and inadvertently becomes ‘the prey.’
Series creator Chris Lunt is returning to pen the scripts for the new season, which is being produced by Manchester based Red Production Company. Tom Sherry is returning as the series producer while, Red’s co-founder Nicola Shindler will again executive produce. Humans helmer Lewis Arnold in on-board to direct the second season, which is set to enter production in Manchester, Salford and Blackpool next month.
“Prey keeps you guessing every step of the way and I admire that about Chris Lunt’s scripts,” said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, who commissioned the new run of episodes alongside ITV’s Controller of Drama Victoria Fea. “They are beautifully written, unpredictable and with real pace. Prey is a refreshing twist on the crime genre.”
The second season renewal comes close to a year after the series, which proved to be a critical and ratings hit, first started airing on ITV. Such a renewal has been on the card for some time, with ITV’s Director of Programming Peter Fincham letting word slip in May 2014 that he was keen to see the series return for a second run.
“The Prey format has proved hugely successful and we’re delighted Philip Glenister has agreed to feature with Rosie Cavaliero this series”, added executive producer Nicola Shindler. “We’re grateful to Chris Lunt for writing and devising another compelling story.”