London Kills is returning to the Beeb. BBC One has picked up the UK rights to the show’s five-episode second season after striking a deal with international distributor Acorn Media International. The BBC said that the show’s second season would air in a daytime slot in early 2020.
Created by Paul Marquess, London Kills sees London serve as the backdrop for a series of murders – all investigated by an elite murder squad that is being led by Detective Inspector David Bradford. As the detectives solve each case, the one mystery David can’t solve is the one most personal to him. His wife has gone missing – is she alive or dead?
The drama series is produced by Acorn Media Enterprises and PGMTV and stars Hugo Speer (The Musketeers, Father Brown), Sharon Small (Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Trust Me), Bailey Patrick (Casualty, EastEnders) and Tori Allen-Martin. Season two will see the detectives tackle a brand new murder case in each episode, but it’s the one mystery David can’t solve that continues to haunt him. In a dramatic plot twist, detectives will begin to think the unthinkable: did the Detective Inspector murder his wife?
The first season of London Kills, which aired across a single week in a daytime slot on BBC One back in June, opened to 1.4 million viewers, which subsequently consolidated to 2.1 million viewers after seven days. Across all five episodes, the series averaged 1.2 million viewers and a 21.4% audience share. Notably, London Kills also has the distinction of having biggest audience for a daytime drama this year so far. “We’re thrilled with how well BBC audiences have responded to London Kills and they will now be able to enjoy a second series next year”, said Stuart Shaw, Managing Director of Acorn Media International.
While the BBC’s Head of Programme Acquisitions Sue Deeks, who brokered the deal with Acorn Media International, added: “London Kills delivered impressive ratings for BBC One daytime, along with a significant uplift in iPlayer requests, and we are delighted that the drama has been so popular with BBC audiences. The next series promises to deliver even more of the terrific twists and turns that have left viewers eager for more.”