Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Utopia), MyAnna Buring (Ripper Street), Ralph Ineson (Game Of Thrones), Sammy Winward (Emmerdale), Kieran O’Brien (Silk) and Lisa Millet (The Paradise) have been cast in the three-episode second season of ITV’s thriller series Prey. They join previously announced main cast members Philip Glenister (Mad Dogs) and Rosie Cavaliero, who is reprising her role as DS Susan Reinhardt.
Prey’s second season, which is not a direct sequel to season one, 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.’
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett has been cast as DC Richard Iddon, DS Susan Reinhardt’s (Cavaliero) new partner; MyAnna Buring as Jules Hope, the female prisoner David is escorting who quickly becomes his hostage when he gets “the call”; Ralph Ineson as DCI Mike Ward, DS Reinhardt’s new boss; and Sammy Winward as David’s pregnant daughter Emma. Details of the characters being played by Kieran O’Brien and Lisa Millet are being kept firmly under wraps.
Prey proved to be a critical and ratings hit when the three-episode first season, which starred John Simm, debuted last year and ITV’s Peter Fincham said around the same time that he was keen to greenlight a second season, which finally happened last month. Series creator Chris Lunt is returning to pen all three scripts. Red Production Company is producing, with Tom Sherry back as the series producer, while Nicola Shindler will again executive produce. Humans helmer Lewis Arnold in attached to direct. Production is now underway in Manchester, Salford and Blackpool for a 2016 premiere.