BBC One commissions second series of fantasy drama Atlantis
Atlantis delivers original British drama with the kind of scale and ambition that we've come to expect from the cinema. It feels very much at home on Saturday nights on BBC One..."Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One
With nine episodes still to come, the fantasy adventure series is capturing the imagination of families across Britain, so far it has seen both the highest share and the highest volume of children to any new BBC drama this year.
Atlantis is the biggest new Saturday night drama series launch across all channels since 2006, even up on the launch of hit show Merlin. Across the first three episodes, the show has averaged a consolidated audience of 6.7million, and is averaging 7.4m viewers in Live+7*. The top performance to date has been for episode one which pulled in a Live +7* audience of 8.4 million viewers.
Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One, says: “Atlantis delivers original British drama with the kind of scale and ambition that we've come to expect from the cinema. It feels very much at home on Saturday nights on BBC One, it's been wonderful to watch Howard and the team create a whole new world, brilliantly inspired by Greek mythology which is proving a hit with all the family and a second series is richly deserved."
Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Commissioning, said: “Atlantis has quickly made its mark and established itself as the new weekly fantasy drama fix for all the family on BBC One. The show is packed with creative ambition which is a credit to the team involved and a second series will ensure the show builds and grows with the audience.”
The 13-part series follows the adventures of Jason (Jack Donnelly) Hercules (Mark Addy) and Pythagoras (Robert Emms) who battle against some of the most famous names of Greek legend, often in unexpected guises. The show also stars Jemima Rooper (Medusa), Aiysha Hart (Ariadne), Sarah Parish (Pasiphae) and Juliet Stevenson (The Oracle). All of these characters will return in series two.
Atlantis has nurtured new talent whilst bringing well known faces to Saturday nights and attracting esteemed guest stars. Unannounced guests still to come include Robert Lindsey and John Hannah who have forthcoming roles in the current series which continues on BBC One until late December.
Julian Murphy, Johnny Capps and Howard Overman are the executive producers for Urban Myth Films and Bethan Jones is the executive producer for BBC Cymru Wales.
Capps, Murphy and Overman said: “We are all thrilled at Urban Myth Films that Atlantis has been re-commissioned and look forward to continuing the legend next year.”
Atlantis was re-commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One and Ben Stephenson Controller, BBC Drama Commissioning, and is created by Urban Myth Films for BBC One through BBC Cymru Wales.
* Total viewing figures to a programme including PVR, narrative repeats (and their PVRs) and BBC iPlayer
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