Martin Freeman started the year off on a high note with the release of The Responder, in which he plays one of his darkest roles to date.
Critics and fans alike complimented the former Sherlock actor for his depiction as Liverpool-based response policeman Chris Carson, which included a believable Scouse accent.
The Responder will be renewed for a second season, according to the BBC’s announcement in Radio Times magazine.
In the upcoming season, Martin Freeman will resume his role as Carson.
So, what do we know regarding the revival of the show? Here’s all we know about season 2 of The Responder thus far.
Season 2 of The Responder release date rumors
Season 2 of The Responder has been announced for BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Because the series has only recently been revived, we are unlikely to see it before 2023 at the earliest.
Freeman and writer Tony Schumacher were thrilled about the prospect of follow-up seasons ahead of the series’ launch.
“I set out to write Fawlty Towers to get out while the going was good and simply gone,” Schumacher remarked. “However, we ended up with a tale that has kept alive naturally and that we can take to other areas.”
“And personally, I’m really giddy with the prospect of doing so… So it’s possible that it won’t happen, but if it does, it’ll be great to see where we can take it.”
Freeman agreed, stating he’d “love to do it again,” while co-star Warren Brown subsequently told RadioTimes.com that there were “murmurs” of a sequel but “nothing set in stone.
Further, more than two-thirds of fans said they wanted to see The Responder return in a poll conducted on Twitter following the show’s terrestrial airing, indicating that there was definitely a desire for more episodes.
Who may appear in the second season of The Responder?
Who may appear alongside Freeman in the upcoming episodes?
We’re also expecting MyAnna Buring to return as his wife Kate, as their marriage is still in jeopardy following the events of the finale.
Adebayo Adedayo is a strong possibility to reprise her role as rookie policeman Rachel Hargreaves, who was on the verge of reporting Chris for misbehavior after working a few night shifts with him.
Ray Mullen, played by Warren Brown of Trigger Point, was her tormentor, and he told RadioTimes.com that if The Responder gets renewed for a second season, he’d “love to go back.”
There would be room to bring back Casey and Marco, who is played by Emily Fairn and Josh Finan, respectively, but there is no assurance Schumacher would do so, given their character arcs are easily concluded.
Diane (Christine Tremarco) and Jodie (Faye McKeever), both supporting characters from the first season, distance themselves from Chris once he fulfills their expectations.
Rita Tushingham, who played June, the disturbed cop’s mother, may perhaps return, even though she was shown as terminally sick in the first season, with relatively little time left.
What would happen if The Responder reappears?
The primary plot of The Responder is wrapped up rather cleanly in only five episodes, leading us to believe that the second season would focus on a largely new tale with Chris Carson at its center.
However, there are a few strands that may be brought up, such as Rachel’s continual dislike of Chris’s dubious ways of getting results.
Meanwhile, there’s his fierce rival Ray Mullen, whose crafty plan to bring Chris down backfired horribly, costing him both his family and his profession.
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We last see the guy looking like a shell of himself, but it’s unclear if his expression reflects true regret or a desire for vengeance.
Is there a season 2 trailer for The Responder?
Take it easy! On BBC One and BBC iPlayer, The Responder was just renewed for a second season.
This indicates that the series has not yet begun production and, as a result, there is no fresh footage to offer at this time.
Don’t worry, we’ll be sure to update this page as soon as further information becomes available.
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