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Blue Lights shares first look at series 2 as Sanditon and Bad Sisters stars join cast – get details

Siân Brooke is reprising her role as Grace Ellis

Stevie Neil (Martin McCann) and Grace Ellis (Siân Brooke) in Blue Lights
Nicky Morris
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The BBC has revealed a first look at the second season of the Belfast-based police drama Blue Lights, confirming who will return in the new episodes and which fresh faces have joined the cast. 

Reprising her starring role as Grace Ellis is Siân Brooke, who is joined by Martin McCann as Stevie Neil, Katherine Devlin as Annie Conlon, Nathan Braniff as Tommy Foster and Joanne Crawford as Helen McNally. 

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Also returning are Andi Osho (Sandra Cliff), Hannah McClean (Jen Robinson), Paddy Jenkins (Happy Kelly), Desmond Eastwood (Murray Canning), Andrea Irvine (Nicola Robinson), Aoibhéann McCann (Geraldine Gilroy) and Abigail McGibbon (Tina McIntyre).

Tommy Foster (Nathan Braniff) and Annie Conlon (Katherine Devlin) in Blue Lights© Two Cities Television/BBC
Tommy Foster (Nathan Braniff) and Annie Conlon (Katherine Devlin) in Blue Lights season two

Joining the cast for season two are Sanditon's Frank Blake as new Constable Shane Bradley, along with Seamus O'Hara (An Irish Goodbye) as Lee Thompson, and Seána Kerslake (Bad Sisters) as his sister Mags.

Rounding out the new additions are Craig McGinlay (Cobra) as Lee's right-hand man Craig, and Dan Gordon (Bloodlands) playing Mags and Lee's Uncle Rab.

Sandra Cliff (Andi Osho) in Blue Lights© Two Cities Television/BBC
Andi Osho reprises her role as Sandra Cliff in series two

In the new episodes, we find Grace, Annie and Tommy all growing up fast as police officers, but nothing can prepare them for the turmoil they face every day.

It's been a year since the downfall of the McIntyre crime gang and the vacuum has been filled by rival gangs, all competing for dominance

Frank Blake (Shane Bradley) in Blue Lights© Two Cities Television/BBC
Sanditon's Frank Blake has joined the cast as Shane Bradley

The synopsis continues: "Constable Shane Bradley is drafted in to help, but his motivations are unclear. Tommy is dangerously seduced by the world of intelligence policing, while Grace struggles to deal with her son’s absence, and growing feelings for fellow officer Stevie. As a young loyalist threatens to take over the city, the officers face a major gangland feud – culminating in a violent and devastating confrontation."

Commenting on the series and teasing the upcoming episodes, writers and directors Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson, said: "Blue Lights is a very personal project for us, set in the city where we live, so for us making this show is a special kind of privilege. In series two we join our officers exactly a year after the events of series one, and now they're facing a whole new set of professional and personal challenges. We're very excited indeed about bringing you this next chapter of the Blue Lights story. Take a beat!"

Lee Thompson (Seamus O'Hara) and Mags (Seána Kerslake) in Blue Lights season two© Two Cities Television/BBC
Seamus O'Hara as Lee Thompson and Seána Kerslake as Mags in Blue Lights season two

Season one arrived on our screens in March 2023 and went down a storm with viewers and critics alike, receiving five-star reviews and over seven million viewers, making it one of the top ten new drama series of 2023 across all broadcasters and streamers. 

The BBC has yet to announce an air date for the new season, but considering filming took place over the summer, we're probably looking at a spring release. 

Blue Lights is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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