I have to admit, I didn’t love series one of Safe House (I copped some stick for that from the writer). Despite good pedigree both behind and in front of the camera, it just didn’t do it for me. No matter: it did pretty well in the ratings and ITV commissioned a second series, but shook up the writing team and refreshed the cast, too. Christopher Eccleston and Marsha Thomason were pencilled in as the returning custodians of the Lake District-based guest house that doubles up as a safe house for those needing a place to hide, so who else is joining them?
The second series of Safe House has been written by Ed Whitmore (Arthur & George, Silent Witness, Waking the Dead) and Tracey Malone (Silent Witness), with Marc Evans (Hinterland, Collision) returning to direct and the producer is Andrew Benson (Mad Dogs, Strike Back).
Joining Eccleston and Thomason for the four-part series are Cathy Tyson, Ashley Walters, Steven Mackintosh and Sacha Parkinson.
The second series finds Robert (Eccleston) and Katy (Thomason) settled into their life in the Lake District, but when news breaks of a disturbing and sinister crime their world is turned upside down.
John Channing, along with his girlfriend, Julie Delaney, and her daughter Dani have been out enjoying a celebratory drink. When they return home an unknown assailant attacks them and Julie is abducted as John watches, powerless.
On hearing the news, with a sense of urgency, Robert drops everything to go and see the investigating officer, DCI Becky Gallacher (ChristineTremarco), a former colleague.
It transpires that 15 years ago ‘The Crow’ perpetrated a series of abductions – taking wives away from their husbands, emasculating them in their inability to stop him. The bodies of the women were never recovered and presumed dead, but now Robert believes ‘The Crow’ is active once again.
We’ll also learn the fate of detective, DCI Mark Maxwell (Paterson Joseph), Robert’s former colleague and friend; turned betrayer who was last seen on the run at the end of series one, after holding a gun to Robert’s head.