Virgin Media Television in Ireland has commissioned a six-episode season two of Blood, which will return Line of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar to the lead role.
Written once again by Sophie Petzal, the new season will open with Jim Hogan (Dunbar), stripped of his medical license, returning from abroad to find his family in conflict. As the series progresses, the cause and origins of a terrible tragedy that occurs upon his return will be pieced together.
Produced by West Road Pictures in association with Element Pictures and all3media international, Blood will also air on Channel 5 in the U.K. and stream on Acorn TV as Acorn Media Enterprises returns as co-producer for English-language territories, including Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., Ireland, the U.S. and Canada.
Jonathan Fisher, managing director of West Road Pictures, said: “We are delighted to be returning to Blood following its terrific reception last year. The second series has a compelling new mystery at its heart, which we feel sure will keep viewers hooked once again. We’re excited to see familiar faces returning, whilst also welcoming some wonderfully talented new additions to the team.”
David Swetman, VP of acquisitions at all3media international, commented: “We’re very pleased to confirm that Blood’s incredibly talented cast and crew will be returning to delve deeper into the intriguing secrets of the Hogan family. The gripping first season was one of our stand-out dramas for 2018—winning impressive ratings and acclaim around the world and a second installment can only add to its global appeal, with broadcasters keen to secure scripted drama that has the potential to build a strong following across multiple seasons.”
Catherine Mackin, managing director of Acorn Media Enterprises, noted: “We’re excited to partner again with all3media international on the return of this fantastic psychological drama. Acorn TV subscribers thoroughly enjoyed the first series of Blood with its stellar lead performance by Adrian Dunbar.”