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BBC recommissions The Musketeers

BBC recommissions The Musketeers
Pippa Considine
10 February 2014

The BBC has ordered a second series of The Musketeers.

With a consolidated audience of 9.3 million for episode one of The Musketeers, this makes it the BBC’s biggest new drama launch since Call The Midwife. The first three episodes of the show, which airs on Sunday at 9pm, averaged 6.3 million viewers in the overnight ratings.

Charlotte Moore, controller, BBC One, says: “Drama in 2014 has got off to a great start on BBC One and The Musketeers has really brought something fresh and new to the channel."

The current 10-part series stars Luke Pasqualino (Skins, The Borgias) as D’Artagnan alongside The Musketeers, Tom Burke (Great Expectations, The Hour) as Athos, Santiago Cabrera (Merlin, Heroes) as Aramis and Howard Charles (Royal Shakespeare Company) as Porthos. All four cast will return in series two.

Creator Adrian Hodges says: “Writing and helping produce the show has been one of the greatest challenges and joys of my professional life.”

A BBC Drama Production, The Musketeers is co-produced by BBC WorldWide and BBC America.

Jessica Pope is the BBC executive producer, Adrian Hodges is an executive producer and lead writer, and Colin Wratten is producer.

The Musketeers was re-commissioned by Charlotte Moore and Ben Stephenson, controller, BBC drama commissioning.

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