ITV has tapped True Blood star Stephen Moyer for the lead role in the second season of their event drama Safe House, which tells the story of a former police officer who runs a safe house in a distant part of the country, TVWise has learned.
He replaces Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston, who led the cast in season one. Originally Eccleston and the core cast from season one had been set to return, but after he pulled out in June, the second season was re-conceived with the setting of the series being shifted from the Lake District to Wales.
The show’s second season will now focus on charismatic yet impulsive ex-police officer Tom Brook (Moyer) who runs a police safe house, which stands by the edge of the sea on the rugged coastline of Anglesey, a wild and beautiful sanctuary. May years before the events depicted in season two Years previously he investigated a series of abductions perpetrated by an assailant known as ‘The Crow’. On hearing of a crime bearing the same hallmarks Tom immediately goes to the crime scene, revealing to the police that he believes ‘The Crow’ is active again.
Joining Stephen Moyer in the show’s second season is Zoe Tapper (Lewis), who will play Tom’s partner Sam. She helps him run the Safe House in Anglesey. Other cast members include Dervla Kirwan, (Injustice, Blackout), Jason Watkins (The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, The Secret), Sunetra Sarker (Casualty), Ashley Walters (Top Boy, Cuffs), Sacha Parkinson (Mr Selfridge, The Driver) and Joel MacCormack (Wolf Hall).
Ed Whitmore and Tracey Malone penned the scripts for the four-episode second season over the past couple of months. Eleventh Hour Films is producing, with the indie’s Head of Development Paula Cuddy and Managing Director Jill Green serving as the executive producers. Andrew Benson is the series producer, while Hinterland helmer Marc Evans is attached to direct. Filming begins in Wales, Liverpool and Manchester later this month
“We’re delighted to be working on a brand new series of Safe House with Eleventh Hour Films”, said ITV’s Controller of Drama Victoria Fea, who commissioned the second season alongside Head of Drama Series Jane Hudson. “The format lends itself beautifully to creating a suspenseful drama with a new set of characters in a new safe house. As always Ed and Tracey’s scripts are gripping and compelling with twists and turns that shock and take you by surprise.”