Hit crime drama Annika is back on the small screen, with Nicola Walker returning in the central role.


Inspired by BBC Radio 4's audio drama Annika Stranded, the series revolves around the fictional Glasgow-based Marine Homicide Unit as they're tasked with solving various gory crimes and led by detective Annika Stranded (Walker).

Other returning cast members in season 2 include Katie Leung as DC Blair Ferguson and Jamie Sives as DS Michael McAndrews, whilst fans can also expect a handful of new faces.

Read on for everything you need to know about Annika season 2, including when it's likely to air on BBC One.

Annika season 2 release date

Katie Leung in Annika
Katie Leung in Annika. UKTV/Graeme Hunter

The second six-episode run began airing on Alibi at 9pm on 9th August 2023. New episodes will then air weekly on Wednesdays.

It's also possible that, like the first season, season 2 will air on BBC One at a later date - although this has not yet been confirmed.

Meanwhile, in the US, the new season will start airing on PBS Masterpiece on 15th October 2023.

Who stars in Annika season 2?

Nicola Walker as Annika and Ukweli Roach as Tyrone. UKTV

It will come as no surprise that Nicola Walker is reprising the title role in season two, and she's one of many familiar faces from the first run who are returning back for more.

The other returning cast members include Jamie Sives (Guilt, Too Close) as DS Michael McAndrews, Katie Leung (The Nest, Roadkill) as DC Blair Ferguson, Ukweli Roach (Wolf, The Midwich Cuckoos) as DS Tyrone Clarke, and Silvie Furneaux (Red Rose) as Annika's daughter Morgan.

Meanwhile, former Doctor Who star Paul McGann will also be back as child therapist Jake Strathearn, who struck up a relationship with Annika in the opening season.

Season 2 also welcomes a handful new faces, including Sven Henriksen (Welcome to Uttmark, Valkyrien) as Annika’s father Magnus, and Varada Sethu (Andor, Strike Back) as DC Harper Weston, a new recruit at the Marine Homicide Unit.

Annika season 2 plot

Annika. UKTV

Fans can expect plenty more sea-based sleuthing from Annika and her colleagues in the second run – who will no doubt be faced with all sorts of grisly new cases.

It also seems certain we'll further explore the title character's personal life, including her rocky relationship with daughter Morgan and her romance with Jake Strathearn, while it's also been revealed she'll have to reckon with some secrets close to home.

Speaking after season 2 was renewed, Walker revealed: "We are all looking forward to fighting crime on sea and land with the MHU for a second series and there are secrets closer to home for Annika that will have to be faced. It’s going to be a bumpy ride!”

An official synopsis from UKTV reads: "The team are challenged as their dynamics shift, pushing them to rapidly adapt as they encounter murders more complex than ever before. The crimes take them to new landscapes showing multiple sides of Scotland from the Hebridean Isles to the vibrant capital city Edinburgh.

"Meanwhile, Annika balances a family dynamic that grows more complicated as long-held secrets from the past begin to impact her relationships. As always, Annika breaks the fourth wall, sharing her wry and humorous observations through a literary lens, alongside raising her brilliant yet complex teenage daughter, Morgan."

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Individual cases are set to include a Scottish millionaire found dead in his own shark tank, a recently released prisoner whose body is pulled out of the Forth River imprisoned in a dog cage, and a phone found with a brutal drowning recorded on it.

Annika season 2 trailer

You can watch the trailer for Annika season 2 right here now.

Annika season 2 starts at 9pm on Wednesday 9th August 2023 on Alibi. Check out more of our Drama coverage or visit our TV Guide and Streaming Guide to see what's on tonight.


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