Versailles, BBC Two: Cast, plot, nudity and everything else you need to know

Emma Powell

For the prudish out there, avert your eyes now. Historical romp Versailles is back – and it’s promising even more nudity than its debut.

Expect sex, betrayal, debauchery, decadence and war as King Louis XIV returns to screens for the next instalment of the racy French period drama.

Here's everything you need to know:

When is it set?

Series two will jump four years into the future to 1671.

Back together: George Blagden and Anna Brewster as Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan (BBC/ Canal+)

Who is in it?

George Blagden has returned to play the spirited and seductive King Louis XIV alongside Elisa Lasowski as his wife Queen Marie-Thérèse and Anna Brewster as his mistress Françoise Athénaïs de Montespan.

Alexander Vlahos, is back as his widowed younger cross-dressing brother Philippe who will be reunited with his male lover Chevalier, played by Evan Williams, who was exiled in series one.

Tygh Runyan returns as head of security, Fabien Marchal, while Stuart Bowman reprises his role as Alexandre Bontemps, the King’s First Valet and Governor of Versailles.

Other returning cast members include Pip Torrens (The Duke of Cassel), Maddison Jaizani (Sophie de Clermont), Steve Cumyn (Colbert) and Joe Sheridan (Louvois).

When is it on?

The steamy series returns to BBC2 on Friday, April 21 at 9:30pm.

Will there be more nudity?

“Ohhhhh yes,” Vlahos told Radio Times. "Yes, just you wait until you see episode two, that's all I'm saying.” You’ve been warned, so brace yourself for the next instalment which will see the royals romping their way through the 1600s with more risqué scenes from the King’s bedroom and a five-in-a-bed scene between Philippe, the Chevalier and three courtiers.

Back in action: Alexander Vlahos, Anna Brewster and George Blagden as Phillipe, Madame de Montespan and Louis XIV (BBC/ Canal+)

What else will happen?

This series will see the King appearing to lose his grip on reality as his courtiers start an uprising to demand more power and he turns to the wrong people for advice. This is heightened further by the start of the “affair of the poisons”, a murder scandal which began in 1677 and lasted until 1682. He later decides to go to war.

Is this the last series?

No. Fans of the show won’t have to wait in anticipation for news of a third instalment. Producer Claude Chelli confirmed last September that the show has been renewed, with filming kicking off this month.

Versailles is on BBC2 tonight at 9:30pm.