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Da Vinci's Demons renewed for second season

Da Vinci's Demons, Lara Pulver

Story by Jack Foley

DA Vinci’s Demons has been given a second season by Starz just a week after receiving its US debut.

The show attracted 2.14 million viewers over its premiere weekend and retained more than 70% of lead-in Spartacus‘ series finale.

In a statement announcing the news, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said: “Da Vinci’s Demons serves up action, adventure and history in a unique and highly entertaining way that only someone like David S. Goyer can.

“The first season premiered to strong audience engagement and we are excited to bring the next chapter of Leonardo da Vinci’s adventures to audiences around the world.”

Goyer himself added: “I’m excited that we get to continue the adventures of the world’s most eccentric and glorious polymath. Long live Leonardo and thanks to Starz for helping to make it happen.”

Da Vinci’s Demons follows the fortunes of a 25-year-old Leonardo da Vinci (played by British actor Tom Riley) as he struggles to live within the confines of his own reality and time in Florence.

The series co-stars Laura Haddock, Elliot Cowan, Lara Pulver and Blake Ritson.

Production on season two is expected to begin in Wales in May ahead of its return in 2014.

Related: Read our interview with Lara Pulver

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