Save Me will return for a second season.
The six-part thriller, created, written by and starring Lennie James, premiered at the end of February on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV, and immediately made a splash. A cumulative audience of 1.73 million viewers tuned into the first episode, to watch South Londoner Nelly’s world turn upside down after he is arrested and accused of kidnapping his 13-year-old daughter Jody, a child he barely knew existed.
The show follows Nelly as he hunts for his daughter, a man who is the life and soul of his local boozer, a charmer, chancer, fighter, liar and, at his age, a man who should know better. All six episodes were released at once to watch as a box-set, and viewers have been devouring each episode on demand, with more than a million people watching the entire series in less than a fortnight. Almost 700,000 of those watched the full series in the first week alone, making Save Me the most rapidly binged box-set release ever on Sky.
“Grippingly authentic and hugely moving, Save Me is a must-see modern British thriller,” we wrote in our review.
Now, Sky has confirmed that it has ordered a second season of the series, which will once again star Lennie James as Nelly and see the return of Suranne Jones as his ex-lover and Jody’s mother, Claire.
“I am so chuffed that we get to keep telling the story of Save Me,” says James. “Thank you to Sky Atlantic and a huge thank you to everyone who watched our little show and enjoyed it. More to come as soon as I can sit down to write it!”
“I am so thrilled to be returning for the second series of Save Me,” adds Jones. “The reaction to the show has been amazing and I love being part of a great ensemble piece. Lennie has fantastic energy and his writing is so real and poetic. I cannot wait to read what he creates next.”
Anne Mensah, Head of Drama at Sky, adds: “Save Me is a very special Sky original production. It has connected with our audience in a truly visceral way with many viewers watching one episode after another and telling us they simply couldn’t tear themselves away from Lennie’s memorable characters and compulsive storylines. This is an extraordinary show brought to life by a wonderful cast and crew and we’re honoured to welcome them back to Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.”
Save Me follows successful performances of other recent Sky original productions such as Britannia, Tin Star and Riviera. The second series will be executive produced by Simon Heath (World Productions), Jessica Sykes (Independent Talent) and Lennie James. It will go into production in 2019.
Save Me airs at 9pm on Wednesdays on Sky Atlantic, with the whole show now on Sky Box Sets. Don’t have Sky? You can also watch live and on-demand on NOW TV, for £7.99 a month, with no contract and a 14-day free trial.