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ITV is to return to the atmospheric thriller Safe House for a second run of episodes.

Starring Christopher Eccleston, Marsha Thomason and Paterson Joseph the drama is set in the beautiful picturesque wilderness of the Lake District. The second series will be written by Ed Whitmore and Tracey Malone.

“We had a tremendous reaction from the audience to Safe House. From the gripping story and compelling performances, we were delighted with every aspect of the production. With Ed Whitmore and Tracey Malone writing the scripts …we know the new series will be in safe hands,” – ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November

The first series, which also featured Nicola Stephenson and Jason Merrells in guest roles, averaged 6.5 million viewers and a 24% share of the audience with the most watched episode achieving 7.3m viewers and 27%. The drama won its scheduling slot for each of the four episodes.

The second series will deliver a brand new four-part story involving the married couple played by Christopher Eccleston and Marsha Thomason who own a guest house in a remote Lake District location, which provides the perfect cover for a police safe house. Unbeknownst to the local community former police officer Robert (Eccleston) and his wife Katy (Thomason) continue to offer sanctuary to those in need of protection, when lives are at risk and the stakes high.

The four part series, for hour long ITV slots, will begin filming in the Lake District in February 2016.

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