Second series of The Village gets the green light

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BBC One’s acclaimed drama The Village has been recommissioned. The period drama, from Company Pictures, stars John Simm and Maxine Peake and is set in a Derbyshire village.

The new series is for transmission in 2014, and comprises 6 x 60 episodes, this time set in the 1920s.

The story is told through the eyes of centenarian Bert Middleton as he looks back over his life. As the backdrop of world events unfolds, such as the Great War, the camera never leaves the village.

Writer Peter Moffat said: “I’m thrilled at the prospect of bringing to the screen the plans I’ve got for all these characters (and some new ones) as the life of the village moves away from the horror of war and into the roaring Twenties. Boom and bust, the Charleston, and the Black Bottom, motor cars, extreme politics, fish and chips, jazz, bananas, cinema, the decline of the aristocracy and the rise of the middle classes – the outside world comes to the village, bringing with it the big drama that change always generates.”