Sky 1 HD has commissioned Left Bank to make a second series of its hit drama MAD DOGS with Max Beesley, Philip Glenister, John Simm and Marc Warren all confirmed to reprise their roles. The second series, filming this summer in Majorca, will comprise of 4 × 60” episodes for transmission in early 2012 with all cast optioned for a potential third series too.

Series One proved a big success with viewers earlier this year, gaining a loyal weekly audience to become the eleventh most watched programme in Sky 1’s history. And the programme has also received a BAFTA nomination for Drama Serial, adding to Sky’s record number of BAFTA nominations this year in its entire 20 year history.

Stuart Murphy, Director of Programmes, Sky 1 HD, Sky 1, 2, & Pick TV and Director of Commissioning, Sky Entertainment commented: “Customers loved this show so it’s great to commit to more. At Sky we work hard to bring our viewrs high quality original entertainment made by the very best prodution companies with fantastic talent nso I’m delighted we can confirm Mad Dogs’ return just a few weeks after the first series has finished its run. This also marks a growing investment in British scripted content, to sit alongside our great American shows.”

Elaine Pyke, Director Sky Atlantic HD, added: “From the original commission we knew we had something very special on our hands and viewers responded to the show fantastically. I’m delighted that the cast have agreed to reunite and become Mad Dogs again.”

Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie return to executive produce for Left Bank Pictures with James Hawes (Enid, Suspicions of Mr Whicher) directing sripts again written by Cris Cole.

Andy Harries commented: “Mad Dogs had such an impact that it was as obvious as a dead goat that we had to do more and all of our amazing cast felt the same.”

Suzanne Mackie said: “Before we had finished the first series of Mad Dogs we felt that there was so much more to do with these characters. I have been working with Cris Cole on the scripts ever since we finished shooting series one and the ideas for series two and three are every bit as explosive and inventive as they were at the beginning.”