The BBC One drama Accused was one of the better new shows of 2010. The British anthology series featured six stories of crime, told from the point of view of the accused. Some were guilty, some were innocent, but the mystery was always whether or not they could escape sentencing. The first series of the show was also notable for its all-star cast, which included Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings, King Kong), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Naomie Harris (Skyfall), Mackenzie Crook (The Office, Game of Thrones), and Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It, Skins). The six-episode series first aired in November/December 2010, and now it's coming back.
This autumn, the show's second season will premiere, featuring four new hourlong stories. It, too, features a solid new cast, which includes three Game of Thrones stars. Sean Bean, who appeared as Ned Stark in Game of Thrones season 1, will appear as an English teacher with a secret life as a transvestite. Joe Dempsie (Gendry in Game of Thrones, also known as Chris from Skins series 1 and 2) will also appear in one of the show's four episodes. Thomas Sangster, who was recently cast in Game of Thrones' third season as Jojen Reed (Sangster's also known from his role in the Doctor Who two-parter "Family of Blood"/"Human Nature") pops up, too.
Also appearing will be Boardwalk Empire's Stephen Graham, who will appear in the Sean Bean-starring episode.
Accused was not a ratings success when it first aired on BBC One in 2010, but it was critically acclaimed. Will the long break help or hurt series 2? With a cast like this one, it'll be tough for the series not to show some improvement.
Check out the trailer for series 2 here.
Accused will return this autumn to BBC One.