Konrad Kay

The BBC releases first-look images for Industry series two returning this autumn

Marisa Abela as Yasmin Kara Hanani Myha'la Herrold as Harper Stern (Image: Nick Strasburg)

Set in the pressure cooker environment of international bank Pierpoint & Co’s London office, the series follows a group of sex and drug fuelled young bankers as they forge their identities on the trading floor.

Written by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay, the eight-part series finds the Pierpoint employees back to work as the market rips, and the grads are no longer allowed to hide behind their graduate status and are more charged up and paranoid than ever.

Industry renewed for a second series

Myha'la Herrold as Harper in Industry (credit: BBC)

The series, which aired on BBC Two in the UK and HBO in America, follows a group of young graduates vying for a permanent position at the cut-throat investment bank, Pierpoint & Co.

Industry’s first series centres around Harper (Myha’la Herrold, an American fish-out-of-water struggling to find her feet in London’s fast-paced financial district. She is forced to go above and beyond to prove her mettle among a cohort of hyper-competitive graduates.

Konrad Kay and Mickey Down on Industry, working with Lena Dunham and getting fired from finance

Such was the case for Konrad Kay, the co-creator of the new HBO and BBC drama Industry. After three years at a top American investment bank, Kay was ultimately sacked for being ‘the worst salesman the bank had ever seen’.

“I think my boss actually said that to me almost word for word,” he laughs, “but I didn’t leave under a cloud, we were really good mates. I thought it was totally fair”.