Fortitude’s cast won’t be back for a second series – but the show might be

Sky Atlantic is planning another star-laden thriller next winter and it's not ruling out Fortitude 2

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If you’ve been enjoying Fortitude, Sky Atlantic’s Arctic Circle mystery starring Michael Gambon, Sofie Grabol and Stanley Tucci, there is good news and bad.

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The bad is that if it comes back it won’t be the same show: Sky say that if Fortitude 2 is commissioned – which it hasn’t taken a decision on yet – it will feature a brand new set of characters following the pattern set by other hit shows like Fargo and True Detective.

The good news is that Sky is hard at work on another big hitter for next winter. The Last Panthers will be a thriller based on the real-life Pink Panthers – a shadowy gang of Eastern European jewel thieves who have stolen an estimated £276m worth of jewellery in the last two decades.

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Samantha Morton will star as a loss adjuster looking for the stolen loot and John Hurt as her dodgy boss. The writer is Jack Thorne, the brains behind such gritty hits as This is England, The Fades and Glue.