The Responder series 2 cast revealed as BBC crime drama returns

The Responder - Picture Shows: Chris (MARTIN FREEMAN) - (C) © 2021 Dancing Ledge Productions - Photographer: Rekha Garton
The Responder - Picture Shows: Chris (MARTIN FREEMAN) - © 2021 Dancing Ledge Productions - Photographer: Rekha Garton

The Responder will return to BBC One for a second series with first details now confirmed.

The Responder is a crime drama from ex-police officer Tony Schumacher and stars Martin Freeman (The Hobbit; Sherlock; Breeders; Fargo) in the lead role.

After its first outing in 2022, the BBC has confirmed a new series is in the works.

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The Responder series 2 will have five episodes, once again written by ex-police officer Tony Schumacher.

Martin Freeman, Adelayo Adedayo, MyAnna Buring, Warren Brown, Josh Finan, Emily Fairn, Philip S McGuinness, Faye McKeever, Mark Womack and Amaka Okafo reprise their roles on the cast. Joining them will for series two are Adam Nagaitis, Bernard Hill and Ian Puleston-Davies.

A teaser for the new series shares: “Series two joins Chris Carson six months later. Chris is attempting to rebuild his life, and his relationships, desperate to avoid the corruption that nearly sucked him under. He is trying to be a better police officer, a better man, and most importantly, a better father to his daughter Tilly. All whilst still dealing with the relentless trauma of being a night response officer. Chris wants a day job. Chris needs a day job. But is he prepared to risk everything to get one?

“Rachel Hargreaves is putting her life back together too. She’s still fuming at the way Chris broke her dreams of being a police officer and dragged her down with him into the dirt, and now she’s desperately trying to take control of a life and a career that sometimes feels like it’s slipping away. But after working with a succession of ‘normal’ coppers, Rachel is starting to realise she’s got more in common with Chris than she’d ever want to admit.

“As they are sucked back together, and into the night, they must pull each other back into the light. But then a routine stop on a black Range Rover changes everything, and suddenly, the darkness beckons once again.”

Series 2 will once again be set and filmed in Liverpool with further details including a start date to be announced.

For now, series one of The Responder is available to watch online via BBC iPlayer here.

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