Foxtel and Matchbox Pictures are working on a second season of the drama series Secret City.
Season two, Secret City: Under the Eagle, will be a six-parter, set in a world of secrets, lies, assassination and betrayal. The political thriller will again feature Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook) as Labor powerbroker Catriona Bailey and Anna Torv (Fringe, Mindhunter) as political journalist Harriet Dunkley.
The first season of Secret City was inspired by the best-selling novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code, written by political journalists Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis, who join this season as story consultants. Secret City: Under the Eagle will air on Foxtel’s showcase channel.
Foxtel’s executive director of television, Brian Walsh, said: “Foxtel is delighted to announce this commission to join our drama roster for 2018. It is terrific to see this exciting series return for a second season, and wonderful to have our extraordinary leads Anna Torv and Jacki Weaver back on a Foxtel original series. We are very proud of the first season which enjoyed both critical and audience acclaim worldwide. This new story is absolutely captivating, with twists and turns that will keep audiences both guessing and riveted.”
Matchbox Pictures’ Penny Chapman said: “One day as we were working on ideas for the second series of Secret City, we watched President Dwight Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell address. His warning to the world, now even more relevant than ever, gave us the unsettling story we were looking for.”