‘Annika’ future confirmed: Will there be a second season?

PBS has revealed if there will be another season of Annika.

Based on the hugely successful BBC Radio 4 drama, the new television series debuted earlier this year in the UK on Alibi.

The Glasgow-based police procedural has recently been airing in the US as part of their latest Masterpiece Mystery! season.

Annika concludes a winning triple-bill on Sunday nights, following Lesley Manville’s Magpie Murders and the return of Miss Scarlett and the Duke.

All three shows have been proved to be a hugely popular line-up for PBS.

It’s no surprise then, but still a pleasure, to report that Annika has been recommissioned by Masterpiece and Alibi!

Nicola Walker commented: “We are all looking forward to fighting crime on sea and land with the MHU for a second series and there are secrets closer to home for Annika that will have to be faced. It’s going to be a bumpy ride!”

The Last Tango in Halifax star leads the crime drama’s cast as the sharp, witty and enigmatic DI Annika Strandhed.

Strandhed leads the specialist Marine Homicide Unit (MHU), tasked with investigating the unexplained, brutal, and seemingly unfathomable murders that wash up in the waterways of Scotland.

All this while looking after her brilliant yet unconventional team, and her teenage daughter!

Season 2 is already filming in Scotland, with Nicola Walker (The Split, Unforgotten) returning as DI Annika Strandhed, alongside Jamie Sives (Guilt) as DS Michael McAndrews.

They’ll be joined once again by Katie Leung (The Nest) as DC Blair Ferguson, Ukweli Roach (The Midwich Cuckoos) as DS Tyrone Clarke, and Silvie Furneaux (Limbo) as Annika Strandhed’s daughter, Morgan.

Philippa Collie Cousins at Alibi said: “I’m thrilled to get the team back together on a second series of this refreshing, character led crime drama.”

She added: “Nicola has such an authentic approach, she brings the character of Annika to life in a unique way and, by breaking the fourth wall with conviction and wit, she adds both real depth and laugh out loud moments. The first series stole the audience’s hearts, and the second series will too!”

Executive producer Arabella Page Croft has promised “more twisty crimes and grisly reveals while delving into our exciting serial hooks from the first series.”

She teased: “The new series will see Annika and her brilliant MHU uncover bodies in Edinburgh, Glasgow and as far as the Hebridean island of Jura, keeping in high literary company with the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson, George Orwell and Walter Scott to help solve the cases.

Season 2 will premiere in 2023 on Alibi in the UK and on PBS in the US.

While we know that Miss Scarlet and the Duke will also be returning next year, we’re not yet sure if there’ll be more Magpie Murders

Watch the trailer here:

 

Lesley Manville is currently busy filming the sixth and final season of The Crown in England, having made her debut as Princess Margaret in Season 5 last week.

We expect to hear an update on the fate of Magpie Murders very soon!

In the meantime, a new season of Grantchester and the final run of Endeavour have been confirmed for 2023’s Masterpiece Mystery season on PBS, so we have plenty to look forward to.

The first season of Annika is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.