BBC One's acclaimed drama Doctor Foster has been commissioned for series two
The BBC has announced that Doctor Foster, the highest-rated new drama of the year, will be back for a second series.
A breakout hit, the five-part thriller starred Suranne Jones as GP Gemma Foster, who spirals into obsession with the discovery that her husband is having an affair.
Averaging 8.2m viewers during its September run, with the final episode reaching 10.1m, audiences were kept on the edge of their seats as Gemma unravelled, and became intent upon finding out the most intimate details of her husband Simon's (played by Bertie Carvel) second life with the 23-year-old daughter of a family friend.
Speaking to Broadcast magazine, BBC Drama controller Polly Hill said that Mike Bartlett, the playwright who created and wrote the show, has “not finished telling the story of Gemma and Simon”, and said that there would be “many more surprises to come.”
Bartlett himself expressed shock at how popular the series has been, and hinted that there would be repercussions for Gemma in series two, despite the apparent closure reached in the series finale. “[Gemma’s] life in Parminster may look better on the surface, but as she will discover to her cost, every action has its consequences eventually. No one comes through hell unscathed.”
Suranne Jones said, "After discussions with Drama Republic and the wonderful Mike Bartlett I am thrilled to announce we will all be reunited to tell Gemma's next chapter, and I can't wait for the audience who invested in these characters to find out what explosive twists and turns Mike has in store. Now we can look into what happens to a woman after divorce, when deceit and revenge have taken their toll. What a gift of a part and a dream to work with Mike again!”