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'McDonald & Dodds' Has Been Commissioned For A Second Series

'McDonald & Dodds' Has Been Commissioned For A Second Series

In good news for McDonald & Dodds fans, the gripping ITV detective drama has officially been given the go ahead for a second series.

Viewers will remember that the first series - which felt like a cross between Line Of Duty and Broadchurch - followed ambitious and work-driven DCI McDonald (Tala Gouveia) and shy, unassuming DS Dodds (Jason Watkins) as they attempt to get to the bottom of two cryptic events.

The series played on the differences between its central characters. Whereas McDonald is at the peak of her career, Dodds has spent 11 years out of service - but despite that, the improbable pair are a good match.

Happily, series two will see both Tala (Cold Feet) and BAFTA- winning actor Jason (The Crown) return to our screens to take on three new murder mysteries.

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The show follows ambitious DCI McDonald (Tala Gouveia) and unassuming DS Dodds (Jason Watkins) (Credit: ITV)
The show follows ambitious DCI McDonald (Tala Gouveia) and unassuming DS Dodds (Jason Watkins) (Credit: ITV)

As yet, we don't have an air date for the second series, but we'll update you as soon as we hear more.

So, what do we know about the series' return?

Well, the show - which is created and executive produced by Robert Murphy - will once again be filmed in the West Country, and is set in picturesque Bath.

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We don't have specific plot details as yet, but we can be sure to see more highly effective crime solving from fiesty DCI McDonald and unassuming DS Dodds.

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The brand-new episodes will be directed by Alex Pillai (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Riverdale), Rebecca Rycroft (Malory Towers, Danny and Mick) and Ian Aryeh (In The Long Run, Andy and the Band).

Series 1 of the gripping crime drama is available to watch via BritBox (Credit: ITV)
Series 1 of the gripping crime drama is available to watch via BritBox (Credit: ITV)

Talking about the show, ITV's Drama Commissioner Huw Kennair Jones said: "We're delighted with the audience reaction to the first series of McDonald and Dodds. The two characters couldn't be further apart, which is what makes the series so intriguing to watch.

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"They shouldn't have chemistry, but they do, and they work brilliantly in partnership which is testimony to Robert's script and Tala and Jason for bringing McDonald & Dodds to life."

Damien Timmer (Endeavour, Noughts + Crosses, World on Fire) and Preethi Mavahalli (McDonald & Dodds, Noughts + Crosses, The War of the Worlds) will serve as exec producers for Mammoth Screen, an ITV Studios company, alongside writer Robert Murphy (McDonald & Dodds, Vera, Shetland, DCI Banks).

The producer of the new series is Sarah Lewis, who worked on Noughts + Crosses, McDonald & Dodds and Victoria.

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If you want to catch up on the first series, you can view the whole thing on streaming platform Britbox.

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Drama, TV and Film, TV News, crime, ITV

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