ITV confirms future of popular show after a year off screen | The Sun
22nd February 2023

ITV crime thriller Karen Pirie is set to return for a gripping second series.

The gritty cop drama – produced by Line of Duty bosses – is adapted by Emer Kenny from Val McDermid’s hugely popular cold case novels.

Martin Compston’s Vigil co-star Lauren Lyle will return as the young and quick-witted investigator.

The Glasgow-born actor said: “I’m thrilled that we will continue the life of our fearless young detective Karen Pirie, and of course, her bumbag.

“I’ve known for a while how well the show has gone down behind the scenes, it’s been a joy to see audiences want more.

"It's a creative honour to work alongside Emer Kenny with the backbone of Val McDermid's story, season one was incredibly exciting building an original character we hadn't seen before.


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"I look forward to getting the gang back together and finally being able to answer the question: ‘Please say there will be a season two?’ with an ‘Oh yes.’"

The ITV fave launched with 6.6 million viewers making it one of the most-watched new dramas on the station last year.

The broadcaster's drama commissioner Huw Kennair Jones commented: “We're thrilled the audience loves Karen Pirie as much as we do and can't wait to get going on Val McDermid's fantastic A Darker Domain with World Productions.

"Returning to the world and characters that Emer so skillfully created and Lauren so brilliantly realised promises to be as exciting and fresh as series one.”

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Filming of the upcoming series will commence in Scotland next year.

Writer Val McDermid added: “I know the millions of viewers all over the world who loved the first Karen Pirie series will be as thrilled at this news as I am.

"I can't wait to see how the team bring the next book, A Darker Domain, to life!”

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