The Pact is returning for a second series

Rakie Ayola is to star in the second series of The Pact credit:Bang Showbiz
Rakie Ayola is to star in the second series of The Pact credit:Bang Showbiz

'The Pact' is returning for a second series.

The BBC series - which initially aired as a six-part series focussing on four friends who work in a 100-year-old family brewery and have to deal with a manager addicted to cocaine - is to return to screens once more and shooting has started once again in Wales.

Executive producer Rakie Ayola said: "I'm thrilled to be working again with Little Door and BBC Wales leading this talented cast to bring Pete's wonderfully mysterious story to life. As an Exec-Producer on this series, it's hugely important to me to see the wealth of opportunity this production is offering both to established talent and those new to the industry both behind and in front of camera.”

The original series starred the likes of former 'Coronation Street' star Julie Hesmondhalgh and 'Midsomer Murders' actor Jason Hughes but this time will focus on social worker Christine (Rakie Ayola) who is grieving for a family member when a stranger arrives in town with a big secret.

The series also stars former 'Waterloo Road' actress Elizabeth Berrington, 'Line of Duty' star Lisa Palfrey as well as Christian Patterson, Matthew Gravelle and Aaron Anthony.

Head of Commissioning for BBC Wales, Nick Andrews said in a statement: “The Pact gripped the nation, its impact spread like wildfire dominating BBC iPlayer’s most popular lists. When asked if we would go again, it was a very easy decision to make. Pete McTighe’s writing has more twists and turns than a bowl of spaghetti – we were absorbed by the characters and the story. It’s brilliant to be going again and fans can be reassured that you’ll be guessing the ending right up until the final credits.”

The series - which is written and created by Pete McTighe - is due to air on BBC and BBC iPlayer later this year.