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The second series of Vienna Blood will air on BBC Two this winter

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Starring Matthew Beard (Dracula, The Imitation Game, And When Did You Last See Your Father?) and Juergen Maurer (Vorstadtweiber, Tatort), Vienna Blood is set in 1900s Vienna – a hot bed of philosophy, science and art, where a clash of cultures and ideas play out in the city’s grand cafes and opera houses.

A brilliant young English doctor, Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard), and Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt (Juergen Maurer) investigate a series of unusual and disturbing murders. Max’s extraordinary skills of perception and psychology and Oskar’s forceful tenacity lead them to solve some of Vienna’s most mysterious and deadly cases.

The series, filmed in English and on location in Vienna, also stars Conleth Hill (Dublin Murders, Game Of Thrones), Charlene McKenna (Bloodlands, Peaky Blinders), Amelia Bullmore (Traces, Gentleman Jack), Lucy Griffiths (True Blood, Preacher) and Luise von Finckh (Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten). Vienna Blood is produced by Endor Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company and MR Film (Austria).

Sue Deeks, BBC Head of Programme Acquisition, says: “Welcome back Max and Oskar! After the great success of series one we are so looking forward to returning to the opulent, entertaining, and endlessly fascinating world of Vienna Blood.”

Hilary Bevan Jones, Managing Director of Endor Productions, comments: “To have had the pleasure of filming in the magical city of Vienna for a second series was such a treat, a real feast for the eyes, not only for us as programme makers but – we hope – for our viewers too.

“We have three more compelling stories written by the incredible Steve Thompson and once again inspired by the world Frank Tallis created in his Liebermann novels. With Matthew Beard and Juergen Maurer heading our fantastic international cast and Robert Dornhelm weaving his directorial vision we have been spoiled. We look forward to revisiting the love and warmth of the Liebermann family and new adventures with our duo Max and Oskar.”

Rodrigo Herrera Ibarguengoytia, Senior Acquisitions & Co-Productions Manager at Red Arrow Studios International, adds: “We are delighted that Vienna Blood is returning to the BBC. The series has been licensed across every continent and we are thrilled with how it has captivated audiences around the world. Endor Productions, MR Film and the entire creative team have delivered an exceptional second season and we are excited to be bringing these gripping new stories to our broadcast clients and the show’s growing fan base.”

Oliver Auspitz and Andreas Kamm, co-managing directors of MR Film, say: “The thrilling journey of Max Liebermann and Oscar Reinhardt is ready to continue. In three fantastic new episodes we will watch Max getting more and more involved in his love life alongside his strong friendship with Oscar, who is finally ready to be confronted with his past.”

Red Arrow Studios International have led the co-financing of the series and are the international distributors. Germany’s ZDF and Austria’s ORF are co-production partners and will premiere the show in their respective territories. Other funding partners include Televisionfund Austria, TV-Filmfund Vienna and Niederoesterreich Kultur.

Vienna Blood (3 x 90”) is directed by Academy Award and Emmy nominee Robert Dornhelm (Anne Frank: The Whole Story). The producers are Hilary Bevan Jones and Jez Swimer for Endor Productions and Andreas Kamm and Oliver Auspitz for MR Film. Executive Producers are Steve Thompson, Klaus Lintschinger (ORF), Wolfgang Feindt (ZDF) and Carlo Dusi and Rodrigo Herrera Ibarguengoytia (Red Arrow Studios International).