Sky Atlantic has officially ordered a new series of Britannia for Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.

Filming starts this spiring with a TX scheduled for next year.

Written by Jez Butterworth and Tom Butterworth starring David Morrissey, Kelly Reilly, Zoë Wanamaker and Mackenzie Crook, Britannia launched earlier this year and was the biggest Sky original production launch on Sky Atlantic since Fortitude series 1, with the first episode watched by a cumulative audience of 1.88 million. The series in total has had more than 10 million downloads and views on demand through Sky set top boxes, the Sky Go app and TV streaming service NOW TV. It’s also been the most downloaded Sky series in Ultra HD and has been sold in 206 territories worldwide.

Cameron Roach, commissioning editor for drama at Sky, said: “The first series of Britannia brought Jez’s unique vision to life. The series is a tale of clashing faith systems, torn apart families, mystic men and fearsome queens, all told with humour, heart, epic drama and violence. Drama on Sky is about the unexpected, the visceral and the memorable, it’s about stories told in a way you won’t find anywhere else. That’s why we are delighted to be working with Jez and the production team on the next instalment.”

Britannia was created by Jez Butterworth (Spectre), Tom Butterworth (Tin Star) and James Richardson (Monsters). Series two of Britannia will be written by Jez, Tom and John-Henry Butterworth. Produced by Rupert Ryle-Hodges (Downton, The Hollow Crown ) and executive produced by Vertigo Films’ James Richardson (Monsters), Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris and Nicolas Brown from Neal Street Productions (Penny Dreadful) and Jez and Tom Butterworth.

Jon Creamer

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