Tudors to carry on ruling on BBC2

October 18, 2007 by  
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A second series of the hit historical drama The Tudors will be made, the BBC has confirmed.

The show, which stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the young King Henry VIII, has attracted up to 3.2 million viewers, a huge amount considering it is broadcast on BBC2.

Among the big names already lined up for the second series is Peter O’Toole, who is set to play Pope Paul III, with Sam Neill, Jeremy Northam and Maria Doyle Kennedy to carry on in their roles as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Sir Thomas More and Catherine of Aragon respectively.

Michael Hirst, the show’s creator, said that viewers can expect more plot twists and turns as the young king carries on his scheming ways, both politically and romantically.

“At the end of the first series of The Tudors, we stood at the edge of the precipice; in the second series we jump right off it! There are old and new conflicts, both at court and outside it, where the rapid changes to social life bring turmoil and sometimes tragedy,” he said.

The new series will be screened next year, BBC bosses confirmed.

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