Radio Times staff
28 Apr 2013
BBC1 Sunday night drama The Village will return for a second series in 2014.
Starring Maxine Peake and John Simm, Peter Moffat’s epic story charts the life and turbulent times of one English village in Derbyshire across the whole of the 20th Century.
The Village began on BBC1 on 31 March and has regularly attracted audiences over 6 million each Sunday evening. The first series, which also stars Nico Mirallegro and Juliet Stevenson, concludes on Sunday 5 May.
Peter Moffat, creator and writer of The Village said: “I’m thrilled at the prospect of bringing to the screen the plans I’ve got for all these characters (and some new ones) as the life of the village moves away from the horror of war and into the roaring twenties. Boom and bust, the Charleston and the Black Bottom, motor cars, extreme politics, fish and chips, jazz, bananas, cinema, the decline of the aristocracy and the rise of the middle classes – the outside world comes to the village, bringing with it the big drama that change always generates. I’m very grateful for the support the BBC have given this project right from the start. No other broadcaster I can think of would have the confidence to do it.”
Danny Cohen, Controller BBC1 added : “The Village is drama of the highest quality. Brilliantly written, beautifully produced, and performed with huge talent and imagination. I’m really proud to have it on the BBC and delighted it is coming back for a second series.”
The Village will return to the BBC in 2014.