The Rig will return for a second series after the North Sea oil drama, starring Iain Glen, Martin Compton and Emily Hampshire, proved a hit with viewers worldwide.
Prime Video has confirmed that the story of the crew of the Kinloch Bravo platform will continue across more episodes following a dramatic finale to the first series.
Drawing on the real-life science of the climate crisis, series two of The Rig will further explore our relationship with the planet past, present and future with new threats from the dark depths of the ocean.
Glen, Compston, and Hampshire are confirmed to return.
Also back for series two will be Rochenda Sandall, Owen Teale, Mark Addy, Molly Vevers, Abraham Popoola, and Stuart McQuarrie.
David Macpherson, writer and creator, said: “It was always my aim to build a story that starts in Scotland but speaks to a global audience about global themes.
“In Series Two, I’m looking forward to expanding the world of our show through the eyes of our excellent cast, as we deliver more shocks and thrills and delve deeper into both our characters’ and our show’s expanding original mythology.”
A huge thanks to all who watched and supported us! So excited to be putting the band back together and continuing our story!
— David Macpherson (@David_Mac13) February 22, 2023
Dan Grabiner, Prime Video’s head of Originals UK & Northern Europe, said: “The Rig’s popularity around the world is a testament to the fantastic ensemble cast and the vision of the creators—the crew behind the crew.
“We can’t wait to welcome back Iain, Martin, and Emily, and see what writer and creator David Macpherson has in store for the Kinloch Bravo team next.”
Production returns to FirstStage Studios in Edinburgh with filming due to start later this year.
The mystery thriller’s first series, which began streaming earlier this year, follows the crew of the Kinloch Bravo oil rig as they battle for survival in a crisis that also threatens their families back home on dry land.
Amid a strange fog, they’re cut off from communication with the shore and are left to fend for themselves with rising tensions on board, system failures and the peril of the North Sea.
Macpherson said he wanted to explore the power and complexity of nature and ask what comes next as we face the ravages of the climate crisis.
Glen, who plays the rig’s leader Magnus, said: “The rig itself is central to it. You think of that environment, it’s a very, very extreme environment. You’re in the middle of nowhere, you’re very isolated, it’s dangerous.
“When things go wrong on a rig, they go very wrong and that’s where our drama goes.
“It’s also got a strong ecological message, it’s very much a thriller and functions as such but there’s a message I think is relevant for today about how we look after our planet and whether we should be trying to think a little bit more about that and that theme comes really strikingly through in the course of the story.”
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