ITV’s Crime Drama “Karen Pirie” Now Filming Series 2

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Crime drama series Karen Pirie is back with a new set of mysteries to unravel. Set in Scotland, the show has begun production on its second series, which will air on ITV, ITVX, STV, and STV Player.

Based on Val McDermid’s novel A Darker Domain, the show follows the fearless young Scottish investigator, Pirie, who navigates cold cases with her sharp wit and unwavering determination. The BAFTA Scotland award-winning actress Lauren Lyle returns to the leading role, joined by Emer Kenny, Chris Jenks, and Zach Wyatt, also reprising their parts.

This season, Pirie and her team reinvestigate the 1984 kidnapping of heiress Catriona Grant and her baby son. With the discovery of a man’s body decades later, Pirie must work discreetly to unlock one of Scotland’s most notorious crimes while battling media scrutiny. The investigation explores the political motivations behind the kidnapping and the subsequent silence of the culprits, leaving Pirie to question why some want the truth hidden.

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The new series welcomes additional cast members, including Saskia Ashdown as DC Isla Stark, joining the investigative team. James Cosmo and Frances Tomelty portray Catriona’s parents, Sir Broderick and Mary Grant, while John Michie plays Fergus Sinclair, the father of Catriona’s son.

CEO and Executive Producer Simon Heath of World Productions shared his excitement, praising Emer Kenny’s “epic plot twists” and expressing confidence that “if Karen Pirie isn’t already your favourite detective, I promise she will be soon.” Writer and Executive Producer Emer Kenny also commented on her deep connection to the character, promising a more powerful Pirie with “more confidence” and, of course, her iconic sweater vests.

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The first series of Karen Pirie was a ratings success, launching with 6.6 million viewers and the second series looks set to build upon the show’s initial success. Filming is ongoing in Scotland and Malta.

I'm Noah Masire, I look after UK TV News at Memorable TV. From the gripping crime of Happy Valley to the feel good storytelling of All Creatures Great & Small, I bring you the latest news about what's what and who's who in the world of iconic British TV shows. Stay tuned!