The Musketeers to return for a second series

Luke Pasqualino, Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera and Howard Charles will return to Adrian Hodges' swashbuckling drama without Peter Capaldi's Cardinal Richelieu

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The Musketeers to return for a second series
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Susanna Lazarus

The BBC are so chuffed with their Musketeers remake, they've already ordered a second series of the new adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' classic tales.

After just three episodes of the swashbuckling ten-part drama, bosses have approved the return of all four strapping leads, Luke Pasqualino, Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera and Howard Charles, as D'Artagnan, Athos, Aramis and Porthos. 

Set on the streets of 17th-century Paris, The Musketeers follows the talented quartet of King Louis XIII's personal bodyguards and their action-packed adventures and clashes with Peter Capaldi's villainous Cardinal Richelieu. 

Speaking of the recommission, series creator Adrian Hodges said, "I'm completely thrilled to be able to continue the journey we have begun on The Musketeers. Writing and helping produce the show has been one of the greatest challenges and joys of my professional life."

Controller of BBC1, Charlotte Moore, added, "Drama in 2014 has got off to a great start on BBC1 and The Musketeers has really brought something fresh and new to the channel. I can't wait to see how things will develop in the next series."

However, the series return will not feature new Doctor Who star Capaldi thanks to his commitment to the BBC sci-fi series. Speaking to RadioTimes.com last month, Tom Burke confirmed, "It was a gradual realisation that he wouldn't be able to do the second series and people are now very excited about who the next villain will be so that's going to bring a new energy. Hopefully he'll be as good as Peter was." 

The Musketeers has a further seven episodes of the current series still to air, continuing tonight at 9:00pm on BBC1. Along with the series regulars, the list of guest stars still to appear includes Vinnie Jones, Sean Pertwee, Annabelle Wallis, Ashley Walters, Tara Fitzgerald and Zoe Tapper.


 


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