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Paapa Essiedu guest leads series two of BBC One drama The Capture

He'll star opposite returning series lead Holliday Grainger as filming begins imminently.

The first series of BBC One's thriller The Capture was a big hit for the BBC, growing its live BBC One audience across the series and attracting an average consolidated audience of 7.7 million viewers. And on BBC iPlayer, it was 2019’s most requested new title across all genres.

Ahead of its return for a second series, it's been confirmed that Paapa Essiedu will guest lead alongside series lead Holliday Grainger for the next instalment of the hit drama, created and written by Ben Chanan.

Also joining the cast are Indira Varma and Andy Nyman alongside returning actors Ron Perlman, Ben Miles, Lia Williams, Nigel Lindsay, Cavan Clerkin and Ginny Holder who all reprise their roles from series one.

Series two of The Capture will again question if we can really believe what we see. Britain is under siege; hacked news feeds, manipulated media, and interference in politics. Entrenched in the UK’s own ‘Correction’ unit, DCI Rachel Carey finds herself in the middle of a new conspiracy, with a new target.

But how can she solve this case when she can’t even trust her closest colleagues?

Escalating from the CCTV thriller of series one, the six-part run features 'invisible' assassins, the terrifying rise of deep fake technology, the ever-growing tension between government and Big Tech, and corruption at the heart of the British media.

Paapa Essiedu will play Isaac Turner, a young rising star MP with ambitions for the very top and speaking about joining The Capture, he said "I’m so excited to be coming on board with The Capture. Ben has written one of the freshest and most prescient scripts of recent times and I can’t wait to see what this incredible cast and crew can do with it."

To which creator and writer Ben Chanan added "I am thrilled to be working with Paapa Essiedu on The Capture series two. I’ve honed the story of Isaac Turner, a young, ambitious, idealistic British politician with Paapa in mind, and there’s no actor I’d rather collaborate with in bringing it to life."

"I also feel incredibly lucky to be welcoming Indira Varma and Andy Nyman to the show, where they join the brilliant Holliday Grainger, Ron Perlman, Lia Williams and the cast from series one. A dream cast, across the board"

The new six-part series of The Capture will once again be written by creator Ben Chanan with James Kent and Philippa Langdale joining series two to direct with Kristian Dench as producer.

Executive Producers are David Heyman, Rosie Alison and Tom Winchester for Heyday Television, Tom Coan for NBCUniversal International Studios, with Ben Irving for the BBC alongside Ben Chanan and Derek Ritchie.

The Capture will return to BBC One


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