BBC One announces the renewal of its new, hit series, Doctor Foster. The first series (US: season) finale was the second highest rated BBC drama episode of 2015, with an audience of 10.1 million viewers. Doctor Foster focuses on GP Gemma Foster (Suranne Jones), who suspects her husband, Simon (Bertie Carvel) of having an affair.
The cast also includes: Clare-Hope Ashitey as Carly; Cheryl Campbell as Helen Foster; Jodie Comer as Kate Parks; Navin Chowdhry as Anwar; Victoria Hamilton as Anna; Martha Howe-Douglas as Becky; Adam James as Neil; Thusitha Jayasundera as Ros Ghadami; Sara Stewart as Susie Parks; Neil Stuke as Chris Parks; Tom Taylor as Tom Foster; and Robert Pugh as Jack Reynolds.
Here’s the press release:
Following the finale of BBC One and Drama Republic’s Doctor Foster, which drew a consolidated audience of 10.1m viewers, BBC One announces a second series.
The finale was the highest-rating BBC drama episode this year after Call The Midwife. The BBC One drama, produced by Drama Republic, attracted an average consolidated weekly audience of 8.2m, the highest rating for any new TV drama this year.
Mike Bartlett, writer and creator of Doctor Foster, says: “I’ve been astounded by the response to Doctor Foster. So I’m thrilled that alongside Drama Republic and the phenomenal Suranne Jones, we’re now going to tell the next chapter in Gemma’s story. Her life in Parminster may look better on the surface, but as she will discover to her cost, every action has its consequences eventually. No one comes through hell unscathed.”
Suranne Jones adds: “After discussions with Drama Republic and the wonderful Mike Bartlett I am thrilled to announce we will all be reunited to tell Gemma’s next chapter, and I can’t wait for the audience who invested in these characters to find out what explosive twists and turns Mike has in store. Now we can look into what happens to a woman after divorce, when deceit and revenge have taken their toll. What a gift of a part and a dream to work with Mike again!”
Polly Hill, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning, says: “I am delighted to announce that there will be a second series of Doctor Foster. Mike has not finished telling the story of Gemma and Simon and there will be many more surprises to come in the next chapter of this powerful drama.”
Doctor Foster is produced by Drama Republic for BBC One, written by Mike Bartlett and the executive producers are Roanna Benn, Jude Liknaitzky, Mike Bartlett and Greg Brenman for Drama Republic and Matthew Read for the BBC.
Roanna Benn, Executive Producer, Drama Republic says: “We are so happy to have the opportunity to bring this extraordinary team together again to continue Gemma’s story. Mike is keen to keep interrogating what is the right and wrong way to behave in the most surprising and exhilarating way possible, and the BBC have given us their full support which is fantastic.”
Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, and Polly Hill, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning.
What do you think? Are you a fan of BBC One’s TV Series, Doctor Foster? Do you plan to watch the second season?