BBC Three thriller Clique returns for second series

Clique is a show with female friendship as its heart, but a new clique of unknowable young men is definitely taking us to some new and interesting places.Jess Brittain, Creator, Writer and Executive Producer
Date: 12.01.2018     Last updated: 12.01.2018 at 16.30
Jess Britain’s (Skins) seductive, psychological thriller Clique will return to BBC Three and POP in the USA for a second series.

Re-commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, and Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three, the second series will once again explore the power of friendship between intensely smart, complicated and ambitious young people on the cusp of an ever-enticing but dangerous adult world.

Where in the first series Holly (Synnove Karlsen) found herself drawn to a group of alluring, confident but troubled young women, the second series will see her encounter a radically different clique, this time a band of brothers.

Creator, Writer and Executive Producer Jess Brittain says: “I’m so excited to return to Holly’s intense, loyal and dangerous world. Clique is a show with female friendship as its heart, but a new clique of unknowable young men is definitely taking us to some new and interesting places.”

Living in a house share with Louise (Sophia Brown) and some younger, student activists students, Holly is trying to put the past behind her. Nonetheless, she finds herself the subject of intense attention from those around her - from fellow students keen to hear about the events of last year but also from a close-knit, smart and magnetic set of young men.

Led by charismatic, good-looking Jack, the boys’ clique of libertarian, freewheeling renegades has a no-nonsense attitude to what they see as a patronising university administration. When they become embroiled in a campus-wide scandal, Holly is torn between the kinship she feels with them and the unnerving sense that something darker is at play. Do the clique boys represent the provocative fight-back response of fed-up youth, or are their politics hiding a more personal, insidious danger?

Holly will soon find herself caught between two camps. And from within the secure unit where she ended the first series, psychopath Rachel (Rachel Hurd-Wood) is still keeping her obsessive gaze on Holly.

Piers Wenger, Controller BBC Drama says: “We are thrilled to be welcoming Clique back for a second series. Jess' forensic exploration of female friendship and ambition struck a huge chord with the BBC Three audience in series one and we were all excited to see her go further in series two as she shifts focus from young women to a clique of young men.”

Bryan Elsley, Executive Producer for Balloon Entertainment says:, “We are delighted that Clique will come back for a second series. Our unique heroine Holly McStay will return, pitting her wits against a mysterious male clique, and the sinister events which follow in their wake. Balloon Entertainment is delighted to be in co-production with the BBC Studios following the domestic and international success of series one.”

Nick Betts, Director of Scripted at BBC Studios says: “BBC Studios is absolutely delighted to be working with our partners at Balloon to bring the BBC Three and international audience another series of Jess’ unique and gripping drama.”

The 6x45 BBC Three drama is a co-Production of BBC Studios, Balloon Entertainment and Pop for BBC in association with all3media International. Executive Producers are Bryan Elsley and Dave Evans for Balloon, Tom Sherry for BBC Studios and Gaynor Holmes for BBC, Series Producer is Neil Duncan. The series will be distributed by all3media International, Balloon Entertainment’s international partner. Clique was re-commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama and Damian Kavanagh Controller of BBC Three.

Clique will begin filming in Edinburgh in Spring 2018.