Even though the first season of the Apple TV+ series Slow Horses just premiered on the streamer back in April of 2022, its second will be hitting our screens before the holidays and promising to go even more significant than ever before, featuring more personal threats within MI-5 and potentially more disastrous consequences. (Or, as a voiceover in the new Season 2 trailer puts it, "more people are going to die.")
A darkly comedic espionage drama, Slow Horses is based on Mick Herron's bestselling series of novels. It follows a dysfunctional team of British intelligence agents who've all been reassigned to serve in a dumping-ground department of MI5 known as Slough House. (Depending on your perspective, they're referred to as the "Slow Horses," sort of affectionately or very derogatorily.) Though the series didn't get a lot of press, the critical reviews for Season 1 were high, as were the audience ratings, making it a sleeper critical darling with potential to build.
While Gary Oldman's head of Slough House, Jackson Lamb, would undoubtedly prefer to keep his team on a variety of tedious desk jobs for the duration of their time in the service, trouble seems determined to find them no matter what.
Season 2 will be adapted from Herron's sequel, Dead Lion, and the spies will again be tasked with protecting society from inevitable catastrophe when the exposure of long-concealed Cold War secrets creates new tensions between Russia and Britain. The trailer is tense and exciting, featuring the discovery of a dead British agent, the rising threat of Russian sleeper cells, and what may or may not be a large-scale terrorist attack.
Academy Award winner Gary Oldman stars as Lamb, the brilliant if generally irascible leader of the group, who is charged with wrangling an eclectic group of misfits and semi-failures who've all been yanked from the field for a variety of career-ending mistakes.
He is joined by an array of familiar British faces, including Oscar nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (Rebecca) as Lamb's boss Diana Taverner, alongside Jack Lowden (The Long Song), Saskia Reeves (Roadkill), Rosalind Eleazar (Harlots), Christopher Chung (Waterloo Road), Freddie Fox (The Murders at White House Farm), Chris Reilly (Devils), Samuel West (All Creatures Great and Small), Sophie Okonedo (The Wheel of Time), Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Peaky Blinders), Kadiff Kirwan (This is Going to Hurt) and Academy Award nominee Jonathan Pryce (The Crown).
Just case you needed further evidence that Apple TV+ is always willing to spend money on its projects love that note-perfect use of The Clash's "London Calling" in this clip.
The Season 2 description reads as follows.
In season two, long-buried Cold War secrets emerge which threaten to bring carnage to the streets of London. When a liaison with Russian villains takes a fatal turn, our hapless heroes must overcome their individual failings and raise their spy game in a race to prevent a catastrophic incident.
The six-episode second season will premiere globally on Apple TV+ on Friday, December 2, with the launch of the first two installments, followed by one new episode weekly, every Friday. Season 1 is currently streaming on Apple TV+.