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The Capture to return for second series on BBC1

The Capture

Story by Jack Foley

HIT BBC surveillance thriller The Capture will return for a second series.

The first series was a huge hit for BBC One, growing its audience across the series, and was BBC iPlayer’s biggest new title of 2019. It has had over 22 million requests on the platform to date.

Holliday Grainger will return as Rachel Carey for the second series, which is set to follow series one’s shock ending that saw Carey seemingly join forces with the shadowy correction team she had previously sought to expose.

The BAFTA Award-winning Ben Chanan – who created, wrote and directed all six episodes of series one – will also return to helm series two. Further details and casting will be announced in due course.

Grainger commented: “I’m excited to be joining Ben Chanan and the team for series two of The Capture. Ben’s meticulously researched world challenges the boundary between possible and probable dark truths and constantly keeps you guessing. I can’t wait to explore what he has in store for Rachel Carey next.”

Chanan added: “I am thrilled to be joining forces with the BBC, Heyday and NBCUniversal International Studios again. The Capture series two will see Rachel Carey fall deeper into the dizzying world of fakery and disinformation. She has only just scratched the surface of this conspiracy.”

And Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, said: “The BBC is so proud of The Capture, which gripped and enticed audiences last year, and following its launch, grew its audience each week, from episode three onwards, which is no mean feat. We’re hugely grateful to Ben, the cast and the entire team at Heyday Television and NBCUniversal for all their work on the series. I cannot wait for audiences to see where Ben is about to take this story next, and we’re excited to have Holliday back as the determined Rachel Carey, ready to take on her next challenge.”

Series one of The Capture is available to stream in full on BBC iPlayer.

Series two will be written and directed by Ben Chanan.

<>The Capture averaged 7.7 million viewers across the series on all devices (28-day consolidated viewing data). This was more than double its average overnight figure (3.4m), with an increase of 127%.

On BBC iPlayer, episode one has received 5.2 million requests so far, making it BBC iPlayer’s biggest new title of 2019. On BBC One, the series’ overnight audience figures grew each week from episode three onwards, with the finale receiving the highest overnight figure of the series.