The Split is coming back to BBC one next month…
BBC One ordered a second series of The Split, shortly after the divorce drama’s series 1 finale garnered lots of viewers and manifold positive reactions online, and now it’s just been confirmed that it’ll get underway on Tuesday February 11th at 9pm.
The Split series 1 introduced us to the Defoe family, all but one of whom work for the family law firm. The black sheep of the family is Hannah, played by Nicola Walker, who works for her family’s main rivals at a firm named Noble & Hale. In The Split series 1 finale, Hannah’s own love life was in a tumultuous state, with the lawyer having to pick between Stephen Mangan’s Nathan (her husband) and Barry Atsma’s dashing Christie.
In series 2, the Defoes are back, at newly merged law firm Noble Hale Defoe, and as former rivals now find themselves on the same side of the table, Hannah’s latest case is set to put NHD firmly on the map. Locked into an aggressive NDA by her controlling husband Richie Hansen (Ben Bailey Smith) when she was young and naive, Fi Hansen (Donna Air), one half of the UK’s most powerful celebrity couples, now wants out of her marriage. Hiring Hannah to help prepare to leave her dangerously coercive and manipulative partner, their divorce is set to be all the things the press love: public and messy. As the curtain is pulled back from the glossy veneer of their meticulously constructed public image, the pain that lies behind Brand Hansen is slowly revealed and Hannah must invest more than just her billable hours in helping Fi reclaim her life.
Meanwhile, Rose and James return from their honeymoon with ambitions to start their own family and Nina teeters on the edge, as the consequences of her erratic behaviour finally catch up with her. With the merger now complete, Ruth forced out from her role as head of the family firm, must search for a new purpose in life. And, as Hannah fights one of the most public cases of her professional career, the fight to save her own marriage is a deep, intensely, private battle. Conducting a passionate affair with Christie, Hannah feels trapped; struggling to forgive Nathan, whilst ridden with guilt about her own infidelity. Will she take a course which could result in the end of her marriage, or can she in fact have it all?
Check out the trailer…
Other actors in the show’s impressive cast include Fiona Button, Annabel Scholey, Stephen Tompkinson, Meera Syal, Anthony Head and Deborah Findlay. The show was created by Abi Morgan (The Hour, The Iron Lady, ).