Lesley Manville joins Lennie James, Suranne Jones and Stephen Graham as filming commences on the second series of Sky original Save Me Too

8 August 2019

Filming commences this month on the second instalment of BAFTA-nominated Sky original, Save Me Too, as Lennie James, Suranne Jones and Stephen Graham reprise their roles in the critically-acclaimed London-based drama.

Cameron Roach, Director of Drama at Sky, said: “The first series of Save Me was an absolute must-see, showcasing bold, British drama at its finest. The show really has been part of a step change for Sky drama, alongside Patrick Melrose and Chernobyl, achieving widespread critical acclaim as well as an army of fans. We’re thrilled to now bring our viewers the second series of this unique story, to see the return of our much loved characters alongside new cast members including Lesley Manville”.

The new series of Save Me, produced by award-winning World Productions (Line of Duty, Bodyguard) alongside Jessica Sykes and Lennie James, will see Lesley Manville (Mum, Harlots) join the cast as Jennifer Charles, the wife of Adrian Edmondson's character Gideon Charles. Jennifer is forced to make an almost impossible choice that will place her in direct conflict with Nelly, following the return of the vulnerable girl, Grace (Olive Gray), who Nelly rescued whilst searching for his own daughter Jody.

Lesley Manville said: “I couldn’t be more delighted to be joining this phenomenal series. Save Me was a major highlight of 2018, a testament to Lennie James’ writing and acting and the exceptional cast and creative team.”

At the end of series one, which became the most rapidly binged box-set in the broadcaster’s history, Nelly was left devastated that his desperate search for Jody had been unsuccessful. He had been dragged into a dangerous underworld, taken risks that had proved precarious for himself and those closest to him and challenged Nelly to re-evaluate many of the decisions he had made about his life, all to find Jody. We catch up with Nelly fourteen months down the road. Is he still looking? What hope is there of finding Jody? And if new evidence were to emerge, what would it force Nelly and those close to him to do next?

Simon Heath, Executive Producer for World Productions, added: “We’re delighted to welcome the brilliant Lesley Manville for the second instalment of Nelly Rowe’s gripping quest. A huge thanks to the Sky audience, who made Save Me the fastest binged Sky box set ever and to the Sky team, who have given Lennie’s unique vision such brilliant support from day one”

Suranne Jones returns as Jody's mum Claire who faces the grim possibilities of her daughter’s fate. Stephen Graham returns as Nelly’s friend Melon, who is attempting to start a new life with his partner Bernie. Thomas Coombes as Goz, Kerry Godliman as Teens, Nadine Marshall as DI O'Halloran, Susan Lynch as Stace and Jason Flemyng as Tam all return, contributing to the vibrant community that viewers came to know and love in the first series, which is currently available to watch on demand on Sky and streaming service NOW TV.

Save Me Too is produced by World Productions for Sky. Executive producers are Lennie James, Simon Heath for World Productions, Jessica Sykes for Independent Talent and Kara Manley for Sky. Lizzie Rusbridger is producer and Jim Loach and Coky Giedroyc are Directors. The second series of Save Me was commissioned for Sky by Cameron Roach and Zai Bennett, Sky’s MD of Content, UK and Ireland and internationally distributed by Sky Vision.

For more information please contact:

SJ Peyton (sj.peyton@premiercomms.com  / 07808 640 175)

Callum Clark (callum.clark@premiercomms.com / 07523 464 055)

Notes to editors

About Sky 

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About NOW TV

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Whether you’re into big dramas, blockbuster movies, live sports or even just some extra TV for the kids, NOW TV offers four passes which include the latest and best TV and movies: Entertainment, Sky Cinema, Kids and Sky Sports. This includes Sky Atlantic, over 300 Box Sets on demand, all 10 Sky Sports channels and over 1,000 movies – all available with no contract.

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About World Productions

This has been a highly successful few years for World Productions, culminating in May 2019, when Save Me and Bodyguard were two of the four nominations for BAFTA Best Drama Series. This was in addition to the 2019 Golden Globe nomination (plus Richard Madden’s win) and an Emmy nomination for Bodyguard, the Royal Television Society Award for Best Drama Series for Save Me and the Broadcast Award for Best Independent Production Company.

In 2018, Bodyguard was the most-watched UK TV drama since modern ratings measurement began in 2002, with 17 million people tuning in to watch the season finale. The last episode of the fifth season of Line of Duty has repeated the feat as the most watched programme of 2019, with over 14 million viewers