One of the finest British dramas of recent years, Save Me was created and written by actor-screenwriter Lennie James, best known around here for playing Morgan Jones in The Walking Dead universe.
The six-episode thriller about a deadbeat dad searching for his estranged kidnapped daughter aired on Sky Atlantic in early 2018, where it became the broadcaster’s most rapidly binged series, for good reason. The writing, cast, and offbeat picture of life on a South London housing estate combined with its abduction thriller plot made for compelling viewing.
Now returning for a second series, Save Me Too will pick up the story of Nelly (James), his missing daughter Jody, her mother Claire (Suranne Jones) and the cast of friends and foes embroiled in the ongoing saga. Sky Atlantic has released the first look trailer (see below), picking up the action 17 months after the conclusion of series one.
Here’s everything else we know about the thriller’s return.
Save Me Too – The Geek Lowdown
How many series are there? One with a second on the way
Renewed or cancelled? Was renewed for series two in March 2018
Next series air date confirmed? All episodes arrive on April the 1st
Where to watch? Sky Atlantic, NOW TV
Created by: Lennie James
What happened last time: here’s our review of series one (with plot details but no ending spoilers)
Save Me Too trailer: will Nelly find a way to Jodie?
At long last, here’s a first proper look at series two, featuring a glimpse of Lesley Manville as the wife of Adrian Edmondson’s vile child sex ring leader Gideon, as well as more from Grace, the young girl rescued at the end of the first series. The ensemble cast of Palm Tree regulars are all back too…
Save Me Too cast: Lesley Manville comes aboard
Oscar-nominee Lesley Manville (Mum, Harlots, The Phantom Thread) has joined the Save Me Too cast. She’s playing Jennifer Charles, wife to Gideon Charles played by Adrian Edmondson. He’s the leader of the paedophile ring glimpsed at the sickening auction that took place at the end of series one.
The official press release says that Manville’s character is “forced to make an impossible choice that places her in direct conflict with Nelly,” to do with Grace, the vulnerable girl rescued at the end of series one.
Returning for series two are leads Lennie James, Suranne Jones and Stephen Graham as Nelly, Claire and Melon. They’re joined by Alice May Feetham as Bernie, Thomas Coombes as Goz, Kerry Godliman as Teens, Jason Flemyng as Tam and Susan Lynch as Stace.
Save Me Too story: picking up 17 months later
With spoilers for the end of series one, here’s the official word from Sky on what to expect story-wise this time around:
Seventeen months have passed since Nelly Rowe found someone else’s child while searching for his own. Save Me Too is about what Nelly does next. What responsibility he has for the life he saved. How much further he can go in his search for Jody and the gamble he takes when he finds himself at the end of the road.
And here’s a useful recap video from Sky on what you need to remember:
Save Me Too production: filming began in summer 2019
Filming on the new series started in various London locations including Mile End last August and concluded in late November. Tin Star and Deep Water director Jim Loach was behind the camera for three episodes of the new series.
Here’s a wrap photo of cast and crew Tweeted by World Productions, the makers of Line Of Duty, Bodyguard and more.
Save Me Too release date: no April Fool!
All episodes will be available to stream on Sky and NOW TV in the UK from April the 1st 2020.