Is Sherwood returning for another season? Continue reading to find out more about Sherwood Season 2.
Sherwood is a TV series by BBC that follows a community that was already shattered by two unexpected and brutal murders and becomes even more divided, sparking one of the biggest manhunts in British history. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the series has a perfect score of 100% for average critics’ reviews with a consensus statement, “A gripping mystery that draws immense power from its sterling cast and the specificity of its location, Sherwood is such a rich series that it makes the competition look all the poorer.”
This easily states that the series has been well received by the viewers and the critics. Hence, it was an easy decision for the network to continue the show for another season after this fairly good reception. To help you prepare before streaming the new season, we’ve put up a quick summary of everything you need to know about the season’s release date, plot, and cast. Continue reading to learn more about Sherwood Season 2.
Will there be another season of Sherwood?
Yes, it is official! Sherwood is returning for a second season. The network official renewed the series in June 2022, with the official Twitter handle of the BBC Press Office confirming the renewal, quoting, “@mrJamesGraham’s smash-hit drama Sherwood is officially returning for a second series!” Take a look at the official post below:
📢 @mrJamesGraham's smash-hit drama Sherwood is officially returning for a second series!
Read all about it ➡️ https://t.co/jynglUqorC
Watch Sherwood ➡️ https://t.co/yyPfVaKwvd pic.twitter.com/i1h8mCUqKT
— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) June 29, 2022
Why did BBC pick up Sherwood for Season 2?
According to Deadline, “The BBC has greenlit a second season of Sherwood from Brexit: The Uncivil War and Quiz creator James Graham, immediately after the conclusion of the first. The first run of the whodunnit thriller ended on BBC One in the past few minutes and the network has committed, after millions of viewers tuned in each week to the show from Juliette Howell and Tessa Ross’ BBC Studios-backed drama indie House Productions.”
Moreover, James Graha, the creator of the show, said he has been “deeply moved” by the reaction to season one, stating, “These stories come from my home and I want to specifically express gratitude to my community for whom I know these subjects can be difficult, but – I hope – important ones to explore,” he added. “The East Midlands and former ‘Red Wall’ areas like it are never just one thing, politically or culturally, and it’s been the honour of my life to give voice and character to a place I love.”
Sherwood Season 2 Potential Release Date
The exact release date of Sherwood Season 2 is yet to be confirmed by BBC as of July 1, 2022, because the series was renewed just a few days ago. But on the bright side, as per BBC, the production is expected to begin in 2023. If we were to guess, we’d say the release date would be between early to mid-2024.
Based on the previous season’s release date pattern, the series’ rollout, most likely, begins sometime around June 2024. Furthermore, we would want to emphasize that this is all guesswork at this time. As a result, BBC will publish and confirm the official release dates in the following months, which fans should keep an eye on.
Sherwood Season 2 Expected Plot
According to an official BBC press release, James Graham, the writer, will pen a second series that draws inspiration from the county’s industrial past. Graham will focus on “red wall” towns in season 2, a term for a strong Labour constituency in the Midlands, the North, and Wales. These communities will experience the effects of having so-called “spy cops” stationed in their towns, bringing up unpleasant memories from the past.
The exact plotlines for each episode of Sherwood Season 2 are under wraps for the time being. As a result, the pilot episode of Sherwood Season 2 is intended to follow this already established idea from James Graham’s statement which shows that the series will delve right into and follow the county’s industrial past.
Further adding, “It’s also a joy to see our incredible cast be so celebrated, along with lead director Lewis Arnold, who I owe a great debt, and Ben Williams. None of this would have been possible without House Productions championing and supporting me every step of the way, and without the public service remit of the BBC.”
Moreover, BBC Drama’s acting director Ben Irving added: “We are thrilled that James Graham and the team at House have agreed to return to the world of Sherwood a second time. This series has been met with an incredible reaction from audiences on the BBC thanks to the amazing work of all involved.”
Juliette Howell and Tessa Ross, Executive Producers for House, add: “No single place is defined by just one story, and it was always our intention, and hope, that James would get to return to the wider community of Nottinghamshire to build on the world created in Sherwood and explore more characters and their stories, delving into the issues and relationships that have long shaped them.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled by the response to series one and are so grateful to the incredible team that has brought this show to life, including the brilliant Lewis Arnold and the phenomenal cast who have inhabited these beautifully complex characters which have so resonated with viewers. We can’t wait to return to Sherwood, with James, to start work on series two.”
Mark Linsey, MD of Scripted at BBC Studios, says: “James Graham and House as a team have a standout record of creating brilliant television, and it has been wonderful to watch the reception from audiences here in the UK to Sherwood. Ahead of series one launching globally across markets, including the US, Singapore and Australia, it is exciting to confirm that audiences can eagerly look forward to a second exploration of Nottingham once they have also been able to watch the all-star cast of series one deliver a powerful and gripping performance.”
Many of the episodes have been favorably received by viewers and critics, luring people to watch the series when it airs on television or via streaming service. So, it will be interesting to see how they deal with this added pressure and introduce something new and intense to the series.
Sherwood Season 2 Cast
The original cast fromSeason 1 is expected to reprise their roles. On the other hand, no additional casting announcements had been made by the network as of July 1, 2022. As a result, the following is a list of the series’ main characters:
- David Morrissey as DCS Ian St Clair
- Lesley Manville as Julie Jackson
- Robert Glenister as DI Kevin Salisbury
- Terence Maynard as DS Cleaver
- Andrea Lowe as DI Taylor
- Lorraine Ashbourne as Daphne Sparrow
- Clare Holman as Helen St Clair
- Adam Hugill as Scott Rowley
- Kevin Doyle as Fred Rowley
- Claire Rushbrook as Cathy Rowley
- Perry Fitzpatrick as Rory Sparrow
- Philip Jackson as Mickey Sparrow
We urge viewers to be patient because some casting developments will take time to emerge and the network will alert fans ahead of time if any new cast members or characters will be joining the future season.
Sherwood Season 2 Episodes
Sherwood Season 2 is expected to have at least 6 episodes just like season one for it to be a mini-series which usually has an average runtime of approx 58 minutes. We’d also like to point out that, as of July 1, 2022, the exact episode titles and synopsis for the upcoming season cannot be confirmed. For the time being, we recommend that fans wait patiently and binge-watch Season 1 to refresh their memories of key plotlines. Here’s the complete episode guide for you to understand the order properly.
- S1E1: Episode 1 – June 13, 2022
- S1E2: Episode 2 – June 14, 2022
- S1E3: Episode 3 – June 20, 2022
- S1E4: Episode 4 – June 21, 2022
- S1E5: Episode 5 – June 27, 2022
- S1E6: Episode 6 – June 28, 2022
Moreover, the viewers should keep an eye out for details on the series episode dates that will be released in the coming months. The number of episodes is ultimately determined by the plot that the show aims to transmit to the viewers, making it a slightly bigger or smaller season than its predecessor.
Where to stream Sherwood Season 2?
When available to stream, Sherwood Season 2 along with the first season will be available for free streaming in the UK on BBC iPlayer. Over the course of three weeks, the six-part series ran on Mondays and Tuesdays. It is currently accessible for a year on iPlayer in its entirety. If you live outside of the UK, then BBC iPlayer can be accessed by using a VPN.
Sherwood Official Trailer
In the official trailer of Sherwood, the viewers get a glimpse of the story that is set in a Nottinghamshire mining village at the heart of Sherwood to lie two shocking and unexpected killings that shatter an already fractured community and spark a massive manhunt. Take a look at the official trailer below:
Catch up on the previous season while you wait for more Sherwood Season 2 updates.