BBC One’s critically acclaimed epic Sunday night drama series starring Maxine Peake and John Simm will return with six more episodes next year. Peter Moffat’s story charts the life and turbulent times of one English village across the whole of the 20th century.
Peter Moffat, creator and writer of The Village says: “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 of BBC One says: “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.”
John Griffin, Executive Producer says: “We are delighted with the success of The Village and the response we have had to such a beautiful authored piece from Peter Moffat. The cast have been extraordinary in what is very much an ensemble piece and we look forward to working with them again on series two. We have worked closely with the BBC to make this an event piece of television that belongs firmly in the BBC schedules, and look forward to continuing the story into the 1920s in a second series.”
John Yorke, Managing Director of Company Pictures says: “It’s been a real thrill to watch an audience fall in love with Peter Moffat’s extraordinary world and take the tough, hard lives of the villagers to their hearts. It’s the first chapter in a story that we hope will span a century, and we’re delighted that the BBC have shown such faith and commitment to Peter’s vision.”
The Village continues Sunday’s at 9.00pm on BBC1.