Sky Original Drama Temple returns this week – and star Daniel Mays has teased that the new run will be even more exciting than the previous one.


“This time around the blinkers are off," Mays revealed in an exclusive interview with "My biggest compliment is that you’re completely on the edge of your seat in terms of what’s going to happen next.

The show once again revolves around Mark Strong's character Daniel Milton – a surgeon who tries to save his wife's life by setting up an illegal clinic below Temple tube station – and it appears that Daniel is going to be drawn even further into the criminal underworld this time.

Filming on the second run began in August 2020 – after delays brought about by the coronavirus pandemic – with some new additions to the cast including Rhys Ifans and Michael Smiley.

Read on for everything you need to know about Temple season two, including cast details and when it will be released.

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When is Temple season 2 released?

The second season of Temple debuts on Thursday 28th October 2021, with the entire series becoming available as a box set on Sky Max and NOW.

Production took place in late 2020, with the original start-date of April 2020 having been delayed as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.

Temple cast

Most of the main stars from the first series are returning to reprise their roles, so that means viewers will be seeing more of Mark Strong, Carice van Houten, Daniel Mays, Catherine McCormack, Lily Newmark, Ryan McKen and Tobi King Bakar.

And there's also an impressive list of series newcomers, with The Amazing Spider-Man star Rhys Ifans joining as a "dubious and deeply unpredictable medical fixer" called Gubby and Kill List star Michael Smiley playing his "poetic but frequently inebriated assistant" Dermot.

Other new faces include Ruthxjiah Bellenea (The Last Tree), Mandeep Dhillon (After Life), Jamie Michie (Game of Thrones), Will Keen (His Dark Materials) and BAFTA winner Gbemisola Ikumelo (Brain in Gear).

Speaking about the new cast members, Strong said, "We are delighted to welcome all the new members of the cast to Temple season two as we take the show on an exciting ride into uncharted territory.

"With Rhys Ifans who comes on board as Daniel’s sometimes co-conspirator and nemesis, Michael Smiley who plays his unlikely collaborator and Ruthxjiah Bellenea who inspires Lee to take action, we look forward to taking the show to the next level.

"All of the newcomers are not only extremely talented but have roles that will take our story to unexpected places and continue the success of season one."

Temple season 2 plot

According to Sky, the second series will see Daniel pushed to even greater extremes as he risks everything to stay ahead of his lies.

The synopsis continues, "but with Beth having woken from her coma and very much aware of her husband’s suspicious behaviour, Eve reeling to discover her mother has been alive all this time, Lee falling in with a charismatic activist and Anna luring patients down to the clinic for illegal drug trials, life is only going to get more insane."

Is there a trailer for Temple series 2?

Check out the first-look trailer for season two below, which sees Daniel coming to the aid of the bloody and injured Lee Simmons, who claims to have killed someone.


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