The BBC has secured the rights to the second series of the CANAL+ Creation Originale landmark historical drama, “Marie Antoinette,” from Banijay Rights. This series will be aired on BBC Two and iPlayer.
Devised by Deborah Davis, the mind behind “The Favourite,” the new instalment of “Marie Antoinette” continues the remarkable tale of the remarkably modern and avant-garde young queen, portrayed by Emilia Schüle (known for “Ku’damm 56/63”). Louis Cunningham (from “Bridgerton”) takes on the role of the King of France, Louis XVI.
During the pinnacle of their influence, Marie Antoinette and Louis find themselves confronted with an unparalleled financial crisis. The relentless assaults from Provence and Chartres against the royal couple stoke the animosity of the nobility. Simultaneously, the infamous Affair of the Diamond Necklace threatens to bring about disastrous consequences. From Versailles to the Palais-Royal, the rumblings of revolt grow ever louder…
Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisitions at the BBC, commented, “Following the resounding success of the first series, we are thrilled to return to Versailles for the next enthralling chapter in the eventful life of the charismatic and captivating Marie Antoinette.”
“Marie Antoinette” comprises eight episodes, each lasting 60 minutes. Claude Chelli and Margaux Balsan produce for Capa Drama, along with Stéphanie Chartreux for Banijay Studios France, and Bedside Productions. The writing team for the second season is led by Louise Ironside, with the additional contributions of Charlotte Wolf, Francesca Forristal, and Andrew Bampfield. Ed Bazalgette will helm the first four episodes, while Raf Rentjens will direct the remaining four.
The production of the second series is currently underway, and the initial series is available for viewing on BBC iPlayer.