When the NBC streaming platform Peacock first debuted in the summer of 2020, it arrived with a couple of British-angled titles, including the David Schwimmer comic oddity Intelligence and the Holliday Grainger mystery thriller The Capture. Though the former didn't take off the way the streaming service had hoped, the latter was one of Peacock's best offerings at launch. The series had already aired on BBC One a few months prior, and its ratings were such that a second season was commissioned just ahead of its stateside premiere. But the ongoing pandemic upended production at the time, and Season 2 is only just now getting underway.
Season 1's plot focused on DI Rachel Carey (Grainger), working in the Homicide and Serious Crime Command. Her connections to SO-15 mean when a man is caught assaulting a woman on CCTV, she sends it to her contacts to identify the man in question. Her actions accidentally trigger an internal network within SO-15, especially when it is revealed the suspect is Lance Corporal Shaun Emery (Callum Turner), acquitted of war crimes mere hours before. As Carey digs into the video and Emery's claims that none of what the camera showed took place, she discovers a CGI deepfake operation within the intelligence community and a conspiracy that goes far higher than she ever imagined.
But the real twist in Season 1's finale is that when she confronts the people behind this operation, she seems persuaded by their argument that a little bit of evidence manipulation to create a slamdunk case against those who mean us harm is in the national interest. The episode concludes with her going to work for the SO-15 team and keep their secrets.
That makes Season 2 a far different setup than the first season, where Carey dug to find who was falsifying evidence inside the government. Now she's on the inside, making for a very different type of show. Here's the Season 2 synopsis:
The Capture Season 2 begins with a Britain under siege: hacked news feeds, manipulated media, and interference in politics. Entrenched in the U.K.'s own 'Correction' unit, DCI Rachel Carey finds herself in the middle of a new conspiracy – with a new target. But how can she solve this case when she can't even trust her closest colleagues?
Grainger won't be the only returning face for the new season. Though Emery's story is over, those around her in the SO-15 unit and homicide will still be part of the story. Actors Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy), Ben Miles (The Crown), Lia Williams (His Dark Materials), Nigel Lindsay (Victoria), Cavan Clerkin (The Last Kingdom), and Ginny Holder (Death In Paradise) will all return.
New faces will join the cast, including Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You), who plays Isaac Turner, a young rising star M.P. with ambitions for the very top. Other prominent cast members for the new season include fan-favorite Indira Varma (Game Of Thrones) and Andy Nyman (Unforgotten).
Filming for The Capture Season 2 is scheduled to begin by the end of the summer. There is no release date for Season 2 either in the U.K. or the U.S. as of yet. Season 1 of The Capture is streaming on Peacock.