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Nicola Walker Returns to MASTERPIECE on WPBS in ANNIKA Season 2, Premiering Oct. 15

WATERTOWN, NY (October 9, 2023) – Nicola Walker reprises her critically acclaimed role in season 2 of ANNIKA Sundays at 10:00 pm, beginning October 15th on WPBS-TV. In Season 2, Annika (Nicola Walker, Unforgotten) and the team return to solve more murders that wash up from Scotland’s waters. Annika shares her wry insights on the crimes while raising her teen daughter, Morgan.

Nicola Walker herself warns fans to anticipate a bumpy road for the lead character. “We are all looking forward to combating crime on sea and land with the MHU [Marine Homicide Unit] for a second series,” she says. But “Annika will need to confront some secrets that are closer to home. It will be an uncomfortable ride.”

The new season is written by Nick Walker (no relation), who penned Season 1.  Expect Annika’s MHU team to continue to be unconventional, her daughter Morgan to remain complicated, and her future with Morgan’s therapist to be up in the air. Best of all, audiences can count on still being Annika’s confidante, as she occasionally breaks the fourth wall to discuss the crime at hand, literary references, or her parenting woes. Viewers might look for Annika to reference Walter Scott, George Orwell, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s works as she delves into Season 2’s cases.

Nicola Walker is reunited with Jamie Sives (Guilt) as DS Michael McAndrews, Katie Leung (RoadkillHarry Potter, The Nest) as DC Blair Ferguson, and Ukweli Roach (Grantchester) as DS Tyrone Clarke. Silvie Furneaux (Red Rose) is also back as Annika’s temperamental teenage daughter Morgan, and Paul McGann (Luther, Doctor Who) reprises his role as Morgan’s former therapist and Annika’s love interest.

Season 2 also welcomes new faces including Sven Henriksen (Welcome to Uttmark, Valkyrien) as Annika’s father Magnus, and Varada Sethu (Andor, Strike Back) as Marine Homicide Unit newcomer DC Harper Weston.

The show’s setting remains in Glasgow and, while there aren’t many specifics available yet regarding filming locations, Season 2 will have DI Strandhed and her associates investigating crimes in places stretching from historic Edinburgh to the far-off Hebridean island of Jura.

ANNIKA Season 2 will stream on all station-branded PBS platforms including PBS.org, and the PBS App, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast, and VIZIO. ANNIKA will also be available to stream on WPBS Passport and the PBS Masterpiece Prime Video Channel.

EPISODE DESCRIPTIONS

Episode One – Sunday, October 15 at 10 PM

When a phone with a recording of a brutal drowning on it is handed into police headquarters, the pressure is on for Annika and the team to track down the murderer.

Episode Two – Sunday, October 22 at 10 PM

The team are sent to Edinburgh to investigate the death of a recently released prisoner whose body is pulled out of the Forth River.

Episode Three – Sunday, October 29 at 10 PM

Annika reflects on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as she and the team investigate a Scottish millionaire found dead in his own shark tank.

Episode Four – Sunday, November 5 at 10 PM

Annika reflects on 1984 when the team are flown to the Hebridean islands to investigate the death of a man found in a block of ice.

Episode Five – Sunday, November 12 at 10 PM

Annika’s family vacation is interrupted as she and the team must investigate a body found in a stream close to her resort. 

Episode Six – Sunday, November 19 at 10 PM

A brutal murder on Glasgow’s canals hits close to home when the victim is identified as a former police officer.

ANNIKA, Season 2 is a Black Camel production for UKTV co-produced with MASTERPIECE in association with All3 Media International. The writers are Nick Walker, Lucia Haynes and Frances Poet. The directors are Philip John and Annie Griffin. The executive producers are Arabella Croft Page and Nicole Fitzpatrick. The executive producer for MASTERPIECE is Susanne Simpson. The producer is Kieran Walker.

About MASTERPIECE

Winner of 83 Primetime Emmys® and 18 Peabody Awards, MASTERPIECE has been essential Sunday night viewing for millions of fans since 1971. Susanne Simpson is the executive producer. Series funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by Viking Cruises, Raymond James, The MASTERPIECE Trust, and public television viewers. Produced for PBS by GBH Boston, MASTERPIECE is known for hits such as All Creatures Great and Small, Sherlock, Downton Abbey and Victoria, and beloved classics such as Upstairs Downstairs, Prime Suspect, The Forsyte Saga and Poldark.

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