'The Tower' Season 2 Gets an Exclusive BritBox Premiere

Jimmy Akingbola as DC Steve Bradshaw, Gemma Whelan as DS Sarah Collins, Tahirah Sharif as PC Lizzie Adama, and Emmett J. Scanlan as DI Kieran Shaw in 'The Tower' Key Art

Jimmy Akingbola as DC Steve Bradshaw, Gemma Whelan as DS Sarah Collins, Tahirah Sharif as PC Lizzie Adama, and Emmett J. Scanlan as DI Kieran Shaw in 'The Tower'

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When  ITV initially announced it was commissioning a three-part feature-length episode drama based on Kate London's Metropolitan trilogy book series, it seemed the perfect marriage of author and story. London originally studied acting at Cambridge, working with the likes of Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) before hanging it up to become a police officer in 2006. She quit in 2014, using her experiences to begin the Sarah Collins mystery novels, which were as much about good people speaking up as they were about law enforcement and corruption. The series streamed on ITV in the U.K., followed closely on BritBox in the U.S.

Season 1 covered the debut novel, Post-Mortem, renamed The Tower for the tower block of flats where the crime takes place. With two more novels published, it seemed a good bet a Season 2 would follow, and BritBox would once again pick up the rights from ITV. (ITV owns a 50% stake in BritBox US and a 100% stake in BritBox UK.) Season 2 was confirmed to have been commissioned in mid-2022, with star Gemma Whelan (Killing Eve) returning as the leading g detective Sarah Collins.

However, in a surprise twist, it will be American viewers who get to see it first, with BritBox exclusively premiering the series ahead of it's U.K. partner in May 2023. The streaming service released the new trailer over the weekend, giving fans their first look at The Tower II: Death Message.

The new season is based on London's second book, Death Message. Here's the Season 2 synopsis:

The Tower 2: Death Message is based on the second novel in author Kate London’s best-selling series. Following the dramatic climax of season one, rookie Police Constable Lizzie Adama returns to her London police station, where she finds herself fighting to protect a mother and daughter in peril. Meanwhile, Detective Sergeant Sarah Collins has transferred to Homicide Command. When she is tasked with re-opening a cold case involving a missing schoolgirl, her investigations take an unexpected turn, leading her to cross paths with Lizzie once again. Detective Inspector Kieran Shaw wants to recruit Detective Sergeant Steve Bradshaw for a specialist task force targeting a major organized crime figure, but he must convince Steve he can be trusted. This latest season promises another complex, authentic, and topical crime story that will keep audiences gripped.

Whelan will once again be joined by Tahirah Sharif (The Haunting of Bly Manor) as PC Lizzie Adama, Jimmy Akingbola (Ted Lasso) as DS Steve Bradshaw, and Emmett J. Scanlan (Peaky Blinders) as DI Kieran Shaw. Tamzin Outhwaite (We Hunt Together), Niamh Cusack (Death in Paradise), and Ella Smith (The Nevers) are part of the Season 2 additions to the cast.

The Tower Season 2 will arrive with three episodes on a weekly release schedule on BritBox starting Tuesday, May 16, 2023.


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