James Graham’s Sherwood reveals its new starry new cast additions as Series 2 begins filming.
Sherwood was an award-winning hit for the BBC when it aired the first series in 2022. Inspired by real events, the show explored the controversial deployment of so-called ‘spycops’ and the ramifications of two brutal killings during the miners strike.
The show gained a prompt recommission and is filming again. Now, the BBC have announced the additions to the cast for series 2 – they include David Harewood, Robert Lindsay, Monica Dolan, Sharlene Whyte, Stephen Dillane, Ria Zmitrowicz, Aisling Loftus, Robert Emms, Michael Balogun, Christine Bottomley, Oliver Huntingdon, Jorden Myrie, Conor Deane and Bethany Asher.
The new recruits join a number of returning faces including David Morrissey, Lesley Manville, Lorraine Ashbourne, Philip Jackson, Perry Fitzpatrick, Bill Jones and Adam Hugill.
Sherwood series 2 storyline
The second series further explores the powerful themes that made the first so resonant to audiences across the UK; fractured communities, red wall towns and the frayed social and political fabric of modern-day Britain, within a prevailing context of chumocracy, levelling up and political and communal turmoil.
Set in the present day, it introduces two new families who find themselves entangled with the Sparrows, entering a complex web of local gangs, old rivalries, revenge, and betrayal whilst a newly appointed Sheriff of Nottingham is passionately fighting local government and influential business leaders, to save the community from the prospect of a proposed new mine for the area. It brings the promise of much needed jobs and prosperity, but also unwelcome reminders of the legacy that has mired the community for so long.
Sherwood comes from House Productions. James Graham writes all six episodes and Clio Barnard (Ali & Ava) directs. Both are executive producers, alongside Juliette Howell, Tessa Ross and Harriet Spencer are executive producers for House Productions and Jo McClellan for the BBC. Kate Ogborn (Life After Life) produces.
The show is being made for BBC One and iPlayer, where you can still catch the first series.