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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Clique - series two Jess Brittain’s seductive, university-set psychological thriller returns

The second series of Jess Brittain’s seductive, university-set psychological thriller Clique (6 x 45’) will air weekly from Saturday 10 November on BBC Three.

Synnøve Karlsen (Holly), Sophia Brown (Louise) and Rachel Hurd-Wood (Rachel) return for another gripping series exploring the power of friendship between intensely smart, complicated and ambitious young people on the cusp of an ever-enticing but dangerous adult world.

In the first series Holly (Synnøve Karlsen) found herself drawn to a group of alluring, confident but troubled young women - whereas the second series will see her encounter a radically different clique: a band of brothers.

Living in a house share with Louise (Sophia Brown) and some younger students, Holly is trying to put the past behind her. Nonetheless, she finds herself the subject of intense attention from those around her - from fellow students keen to hear about the events of last year but also from a close-knit, smart and magnetic set of young men.

Led by charismatic, good-looking Jack, the boys’ clique is a group of freewheeling renegades. When they become embroiled in a campus-wide scandal, Holly is torn between the kinship she feels with them and the unnerving sense that something darker is at play. Do the boys represent the provocative fight-back response of fed-up youth, or are their politics hiding a more personal, insidious danger?

Holly will soon find herself caught between two camps. And from within the secure unit where she ended the first series, psychopath Rachel (Rachel Hurd-Wood) is still keeping her obsessive gaze on Holly.

Joining the cast are an ensemble of upcoming Scottish and English talent, including Leo Suter as Jack (Victoria, Bad Education), Barney Harris as Barney (Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, The Hollow Crown), Imogen King as Rayna (Darkest Hour), Stuart Campbell as Fraser (Outlander), Izuka Hoyle as Dani (Mary, Queen Of Scots) and newcomers and recent graduates Jyuddah Jaymes (playing Aubrey) and Nicholas Nunn (playing Calum).

Also new to the series are Madeleine Worrall (The Legend Of Tarzan, Paddington) and winner of the 2016 Edinburgh Comedy Award Richard Gadd (Against the Law).

Jess Brittain, writer, creator and executive producer of Clique, says: "It's great to have the opportunity to return to the world of Clique to tell another story. I love writing for new and exciting young actors and can't think of a better place than BBC Three to do that."

Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Three, says: “Series one of Clique created an enticing world for the BBC Three audience and we’re very pleased that it is returning. It continues our tradition of working with, and growing, new acting and writing talent and we’re looking forward to introducing more stars of the future via the second series.”

Gaynor Holmes, Commissioning Executive, BBC Drama Commissioning, says: “We’re delighted to see Clique returning to Edinburgh with our extraordinarily talented cast, joined this year by some very exciting Scottish newcomers. We can’t wait to see them bring Jess’s magnificently bold and thrilling scripts to life.”

Tom Sherry, Executive Producer, BBC Studios, says: “Jess has delivered an intensely charged thriller, with deeply seductive characters. We have a fabulous cast and everyone involved can’t wait to share the results.“

Clique (6 x 45’) is a Balloon Entertainment and BBC Studios drama for BBC Three. Following the UK premiere, US co-producer POP will premiere in the US. Executive Producers are Bryan Elsley, Jess Brittain and Dave Evans for Balloon, Tom Sherry for BBC Studios and Gaynor Holmes for BBC, Series Producer is Neil Duncan. The series will be distributed by all3media International, Balloon Entertainment’s international partner. Clique was re-commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama and Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three.

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