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Damages to return to BBC in February 2009

Glenn Close in Damages: Season 1

Story by Jack Foley

ACCLAIMED, award-winning legal thriller Damages, starring Glenn Close and Rose Byrne, is to return to the BBC in February 2009.

The 13-part second season will find Close reprising her Golden Globe and Emmy-award winning role as ruthless lawyer Patty Hewes, with Byrne returning as Ellen Parsons, Hewes’ former protege now working for the FBI.

The new season will also reunite Close with her former Big Chill co-star William Hurt, who plays an enigmatic new client of the New York litigator, as well as Die Hard 4.0 star Timothy Olyphant as new character, Wes Krulik.

There will also be returns for Tate Donovan, as Hewes’ business partner, Tom Shayes, and – somewhat surprisingly, former Cheers star Ted Danson, whose character Arthur Frobisher was apparently shot at the end of the first season.

Damages attracted an audience of 1.5 million viewers to BBC One in April, when the first season came to its shocking conclusion.

It is one of several high-profile US imports returning to UK TV screens at the start of the year, with Sky 1 welcoming back 24 and Lost, and ITV showing the second season of Dexter.