BBC One Daytime confirms return of crime drama London Kills



BBC One Daytime has confirmed the return of popular police drama London Kills, following its recent success in the schedule. The first series averaged an audience of 1.2m - a total of 2.1m viewers watched the first episode across all platforms - making it the biggest daytime drama of the year.

Acquired from Acorn Media International (AMI), the drama features a stand-out cast of great British acting talent, including Hugo Speer (Father Brown) and Sharon Small (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries).

London is the backdrop for an elite murder squad, comprised of Detective Inspector David Bradford (Hugo Speer); ambitious Detective Sergeant Vivienne Cole (Sharon Small), who plays by her own rules; seasoned crime-solver Detective Constable Rob Brady (Bailey Patrick); and inexperienced Trainee Detective Constable Billie Fitzgerald (Tori Allen-Martin).

The second series will see 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?

Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition, BBC says: “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.”

Stuart Shaw, Managing Director, Acorn Media International, says: “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.”

London Kills are 5 x 60’ series Executive Produced by Paul Marquess, Shane Murphy for Acorn Media Enterprises, and Sarah Eichenlaub for ZDF Enterprises. Series 2 is written by Paul Marquess, Sarah-Louise Hawkins, Jake Riddell, Sally Tatchell and Claire Fryer, and directed by Fiona Walton and Sean Glynn.

London Kills (Series Two) will be back on BBC One Daytime in early 2020.

Notes to Editors

London Kills averaged an audience of 1.2m/21.4 percent audience share, with 1.4m tuning in for episode one, which is up on BBC One’s slot average.

The first episode of London Kills secured a seven-day audience of 2.1m viewers.

The biggest audience for a daytime drama this year so far.

Guest Cast

High profile guest stars include Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey, Galavant, The Job Lot), Steve John Shepherd (This Life, Silent Witness, EastEnders) and Zoe Telford (Unforgotten, Criminal Justice, Teachers).

Pictured: Billie Fitzgerald (Tori Allen-Martin), David Bradford (Hugo Speer), Vivienne Cole (Sharon Small), Rob Brady (Bailey Patrick)

Source BBC One

August 16, 2019 11:35am ET by BBC One  


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