BBC One orders second series of Silk

BBC OneBBC One has ordered a second series of its legal drama Silk starring Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones and Natalie Dormer.


The six-part drama ended its run on BBC One last night and average across its first season over 5 million viewers. Last night’s closing instalment saw ratings drop below 5 million though as it aired against the England and Ghana football match on ITV1. The drop in viewers though has dented it as the BBC has been quick to order a second series.


Silk was created for the BBC by Peter Moffat whose previous shows include, the critically acclaimed, Criminal Justice (the second series of which also starred Maxine Peake), Cambridge Spies and North Square. Critical reaction to Silk has been somewhat mixed especially for its first episode with one reviewer dubbing the show as a “rare misfire” by Moffat. Silk was originally commissioned by former BBC One controller Jay Hunt but her successor Danny Cohen (who has upset some viewers by axing Zen, Lark Rise to Candleford and My Family) has been quick to re-commission the series.


Starring alongside Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones and Natalie Dormer in the six-part drama were Tom Hughes, Nina Sosanya and Neil Stuke.