BBC One’s psychological thriller Trust Me has been renewed for a four episode second season and is becoming something of an anthology series. While the show will be back for a new run, it will feature a new story and an entirely new cast.
The show’s first season told the story of Cath Hardacre, a nurse, who, having lost her job for whistle-blowing, seizes the opportunity to steal her best friend’s identity as a senior doctor and start a new life in Edinburgh. The cast included Jodie Whittaker, Emun Elliot, Sharon Small and Blake Harrison.
Series creator Dan Sefton, who worked in the NHS before becoming a writer, is penning the scripts for the second season, which will again be set and filmed in Scotland. Season two will be set on the neurological unit of South Lothian Hospital and follow Captain James McKay, the sole survivor of a shock enemy attack on tour in Syria. Recovering from a spinal injury which has left him barely able to move and battling the psychological scars from losing his friends, he faces a new enemy as people on the ward die unexpectedly around him. But is the threat real, or imagined? Red Production company is producing, with Nicola Shindler and Gaynor Holmes serving as executive producers. Suzanne Reid is the series producer. There is no word yet on casting.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be working on a new series of Trust Me for the BBC. The support the project received from both BBC Drama and BBC Scotland made it a hugely enjoyable process”, Sefton said in a statement. “It’s also fantastic to be working with Red Production Company and Nicola Shindler again – a company that makes some of the best drama this country produces. This follow up series will bring the same tension and twists of the original show to a brand new medical arena.”
“The first series of Trust Me broke new ground for medical drama and I’m delighted to be welcoming it back for a second run with a completely fresh cast and a shocking new story, which is set to become as big a talking point as the first”, commented the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger, who commissioned the new season alongside BBC Scotland’s Drama Commissioning Executive Gaynor Holmes.
While Red co-founder and executive producer Nicola Shindler added: “Dan’s personal experience working in the medical profession combined with his exceptional writing, make the second series of Trust Me every bit as compelling as the first. The complexity of his characters, on the surface every day medics and patients, combined with the darkly twisting storyline will keep viewers hooked.”