Steve Pemberton: "Psychoville 2 is coming..."
Psychoville co-creator Steve Pemberton has composed a special message for you. He even warns those of a spoiler-sensitive disposition to look away before it's too late...
I’m delighted to announce that Psychoville Series 2 will finally be hitting your screens on Thursday 5th May, 10pm on BBC Two..
It’s been almost 2 years since the first series went out and Reece and I are nervous about people remembering the show – but to those of you who do recall it I can assure you it’s been worth the wait. I honestly believe it’s the best work we’ve ever done.
There was much unhappiness about the way we ended the first series with a cliffhanger: an explosion in an abandoned asylum where most of our main characters were gathered. Viewers were expecting more of a finale, having followed a twisting and turning narrative over seven episodes, and felt cheated at the end.
Of course it was never our intention to rob people of a conclusion: the first series presented us with questions about a mysterious blackmailer (who was he/she and why were they blackmailing these particular individuals?) and we felt that the ending we’d written provided answers to these questions - but we then wanted to suggest a whole new mystery waiting to unfold.
It’s true we took a gamble as no second series had been commissioned, but thankfully that paid off and we now have a whole new mystery to plunge our characters – and you the viewers – into.
So what can you expect over the coming weeks? Well I’m not a fan of ‘spoilers’ so if you don’t want to know anything at all, then stop reading now.
If you’re still reading, then I will remind you that at the end of the Halloween special we heard that there were “two dead, and two more critical” after the explosion, and that the mysterious Grace Andrews (Imelda Staunton) was also looking for the locket belonging to Nurse Kenchington (Eileen Atkins). Episode one will fill you in on who’s alive and who’s dead, and you will be introduced to some new characters such as obsessive librarian Jeremy Goode (played by Reece) and overbearing make-up artist Hattie (me).
There are more shocking revelations, comic set-pieces and dangerous missions as well as blink-and-you’ll-miss-them cameos from celebrity fans, such as the world-famous Hollywood film director and the popular TV presenter…
And of course running alongside this we have created another Psychoville web experience which proved such a hit with fans last time. You will find a new website each week which will give you more back-story on the characters as well as giving you clues as to the secret of Kenchington’s locket.
Collect all the information, break the code and you could come face to face with… ah, that would be telling. Enjoy, and just cross your fingers that we haven’t done a cliffhanger ending again."