Filming has begun on the second series of BBC drama Bloodlands.
Created and written by Chris Brandon, the new six-part series will see the return of James Nesbitt as the lead character DCI Tom Brannick.
Nesbitt will be joined by Victoria Smurfit, who plays Olivia, an enigmatic widow who is at the heart of Brannick’s latest case, but looks may deceive, as Smurfit’s intentions aren’t as innocent as they seem.
At the end of the last series, the identity of legendary assassin Goliath was shockingly revealed to be Brannick.
Now, his secret identity is threatened to be exposed when the murder of a crooked accountant exposes a long trail of greed. Brannick must become dangerously close to his widow Olivia to solve the riddle he left behind.
Fellow officers DS Niamh McGovern (Charlene McKenna), DCS Jackie Twomey (Lorcan Cranitch) and DC “Birdy” Bird (Chris Walley) get dragged into trying to solve the riddle, along with Brannick’s daughter Izzy (Lola Petticrew).
James Nesbitt commented: “It’s brilliant to be back filming in Northern Ireland and reunited with the gang for the second series of Bloodlands. I couldn’t be happier to be welcoming Victoria to the cast, having first worked with her over 20 years ago! I can’t wait for audiences to see what’s next for the cunning and complex Tom Brannick.”