ITV's Scottish-based detective drama shares season 2 update

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ITV's Scottish detective drama shares s2 updateITV

The second season of Scottish-based detective drama Karen Pirie has begun filming.

The ITV show, which began in 2022, is based on acclaimed crime writer Val McDermid's novels and focuses on the titular detective sergeant (played by Lauren Lyle).

Alongside the production news, plot details and a number of new cast additions have been confirmed.

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The season will focus on the reinvestigation of a 1984 case where oil heiress Catriona Grant was kidnapped with her young son at gunpoint, with the motivation assumed to be political.

"The huge investigation creates an uncontrollable press storm… but when the culprits unexpectedly fall silent, the case runs cold. Cat and Adam are never seen again," the synopsis adds.

However, when a man's body is discovered four decades later "Karen Pirie is assigned to reopen the case in complete secrecy".

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"With the first key piece of evidence in decades, Karen must try to unlock one of Scotland's most infamous mysteries, whilst battling increasing media attention."

World on Fire's Julia Brown will play Catriona Grant, with Game of Thrones' James Cosmo and Unforgotten's Frances Tomelty cast as Catriona's parents, Broderick and Mary. Back to Life's Jamie Michie and The Legend of Tarzan's Madeleine Worrall will play their younger incarnations.

Holby City's John Michie joins as the father of Catriona's son Adam, Fergus Sinclair, with Outlander's Jack Stewart playing the younger Fergus, while the wider cast includes One Day's Mark Rowley as Mick, Dinosaur's Kat Ronney as Bonnie, Schemers' Conor Berry as Andy and The Winter King's Stuart Campbell as Kevin.

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Also on board are Six Four's Saskia Ashdown as DC Isla Stark, Rebus' Thoren Ferguson as DI Anderson and The Nest's Helena Katamba as DC Laurel Blair.

“I’ve never related to a character more than Karen Pirie," said writer Emer Kenny. "When she’s laughing, I’m laughing. When she’s stressed, I’m stressed. When she turns to drink… well, you get the idea.

"So I’m delighted to be bringing her back to your screens, now a Detective Inspector with more power, more confidence, and some of the same iconic sweater vests.

"We have a dazzling cast, an heroic crew, and epic plot-twists. If Karen Pirie isn’t already your favourite detective, I promise she will be soon.”

Karen Pirie airs on ITV1 and ITVX.

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