Sky Atlantic has renewed their Roman Empire drama series Britannia for a second season, Production on the show’s second season gets underway this spring for a 2019 premiere.
Per the satcaster, Britannia broke records to become Sky Atlantic’s biggest original series launch since the first season of Fortitude. The series premiere attracted a cumulative audience of 1.88 million. Amazon Prime Video co-produced and carries the series in the United States.
“The first series of Britannia brought Jez’s unique vision to life. The series is a tale of clashing faith systems, torn apart families, mystic men and fearsome queens, all told with humour, heart, epic drama and violence”, said Cameron Roach, Sky’s Commissioning Editor for Drama. “Drama on Sky is about the unexpected, the visceral and the memorable, it’s about stories told in a way you won’t find anywhere else. That’s why we are delighted to be working with Jez and the production team on the next instalment.”
Britannia is set in 43AD and followed the Roman army as they returned to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia, a mysterious land led by warrior women and powerful Druids who claim to channel the powerful forces of the underworld. Like never before, the nine-part series told the story of the emotional and physical power struggles between three tribes: the Druids, Celts and Romans, who battle for the heart of Britannia.
The drama series, which was created by Jez Butterworth, is produced by Vertigo Films in association with Neal Street Productions and stars David Morrissey, Kelly Reilly, Zoë Wanamaker and Mackenzie Crook. The scripts for season two will be penned by Jez, Tom and John-Henry Butterworth. Rupert Ryle-Hodges is the series producer. The executive producers are Vertigo Films’ James Richardson, Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Nicolas Brown from Neal Street Productions and Jez and Tom Butterworth.