ITV has picked up a second season of their “event series” Safe House starring Christopher Eccelston (Fortitude), Marsha Thomason (White Collar) and Paterson Joseph (Law & Order: UK). Four episodes have been ordered for season two, which is set to enter production in the Lake District in February 2016.
Created by Michael Crompton and produced Eleventh Hour Films. Safe House is set in the lake district and tells the story of a married couple, Robert and Katy, who are asked by close friend and police officer Mark to turn their remote guest house in the Lake District into a safe house. Unbeknownst to the local community former the couple continue to offer sanctuary to those in need of protection, when lives are at risk and the stakes high.
The show was always envisioned as a returner, with each season focussing on a new close-ended story. The new episodes are being penned by Silent Witness scribes Ed Whitmore and Tracey Malone, while Marc Evans is returning to direct. Eleventh Hour Films’ Head of Development Paula Cuddy and Managing Director Jill Green will executive produce. Head of Drama Series Jane Hudson is overseeing the second season of ITV.
“From the outset the ambition was for Safe House to become a returnable series,” said Eleventh Hour Films’ Head of Development and executive producer Paula Cuddy. “The characters of Robert and Katy, maintaining their cover and providing a place of safety for those in need of protection is a compelling idea. We’re thrilled to be returning to tell another complex and engaging story.” she added.
Across it’s first season, Safe House consistently beat competition in its slot an averaged 6.5 million viewers and a 24% share. The series has also proved to be a hit globally, with international distributor All3Media having lined up sales for Safe House with broadcasters across Asia and Africa, as well as France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Flemish Belgium, Croatia, Eire, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
“We had a tremendous reaction from the audience to Safe House”, added ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, who commissioned the second season alongside Controller of Drama Victoria Fea. “From the gripping story and compelling performances, we were delighted with every aspect of the production. With Ed Whitmore and Tracey Malone writing the scripts and Jill and Paula producing we know the new series will be in safe hands”.