BBC renews Sherwood for season 2

One of the crime highlights of the year, James Graham’s Sherwood is getting a second series. after tonight’s series one finale (Tuesday 28th June), Graham released a statement saying he was keen to explore more ‘red wall’ towns in native East Midlands. “I’ve been so deeply moved by the response to Sherwood. These stories come from…

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