First glimpse as James Nesbitt reprises veteran detective on drama Bloodlands

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The first official images have been released of James Nesbitt back on the shores of Strangford Lough as the veteran detective with a secret.

The gritty detective drama Bloodlands is set to return to the small screen next month for its second series.

To whet the fan’s appetites for the scenes watched by millions, nine photographs from the upcoming episodes have been released.

James Nesbitt as Tom Brannick and Charlene McKenna as Niamh McGovern in the second series of Bloodlands (HTM Television/Steffan Hill/PA)
James Nesbitt as Tom Brannick and Charlene McKenna as Niamh McGovern in the second series of Bloodlands (HTM Television/Steffan Hill/PA)

They reveal that not only is Nesbitt returning to play the lead role of DCI Tom Brannick in his native Northern Ireland, but that Peaky Blinders star Charlene McKenna will also be back as his colleague DS Niamh McGovern.

Victoria Smurfit joins the cast in season two as Olivia Foyle, an enigmatic widow at the centre of Brannick’s latest case.

The first series set the scene with the murder of a crooked accountant threatening to unravel the threads to reveal Brannick’s identity as legendary assassin, Goliath.

Viewers were left to wonder what lengths Brannick will go to in order to keep his legacy intact.

The first series of Bloodlands launched with an average of 8.2 million viewers, and was Northern Ireland’s most-watched BBC drama launch on record.

Victoria Smurfit will return to reprise her role as Olivia Foyle in the second series of Bloodlands (HTM Television/Steffan Hill/PA)
Victoria Smurfit will return to reprise her role as Olivia Foyle in the second series of Bloodlands (HTM Television/Steffan Hill/PA)

The second series was filmed in Belfast and around Strangford Lough in Co Down.

The BBC and HTM Television production is produced by Christopher Hall and directed by Jon East and Audrey Cooke.

The second series of Bloodlands will air on BBC One and iPlayer this September.