Karen Pirie season 2 possible as Lauren Lyle says more to be done

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Karen Pirie is airing on ITV with Outlander actress Lauren Lyle playing the title character, a Fife-based investigator. The show is based on a collection of books by Val McDermid, meaning there is still plenty of source material left to work from. Express.co.uk has all you need to know about what the show’s future looks like at the moment.

Will there be a season 2 of Karen Pirie?

At this moment in time, the series has not been renewed for a second season but the creators are confident there could be more to come.

Executive producer Simon Heath said everyone had their “fingers firmly crossed”, but it would depend on how audiences responded to the first season.

ITV will assess the viewership ratings for the first outing before making a decision on whether to renew the series.

Actress Lauren said if it were up to her, she would have given it the green light in a heartbeat.

“I think there’s a lot more to be done, the books are phenomenal,” she said.

“The next one is partially set in Tuscany, so why would we not want to do that?!

“But yes, she’s my favourite character I’ve ever played and the one I’ve felt most trusted with, I’ve had a lot of creative control, which is just so cool.

“I definitely feel we could go again if we are permitted,” she told Radio Times.

Her co-star Emer Kenny, who plays River Wilde, agreed and said “there’s definitely scope to do more”.

She wrote the screen adaptation and has been looking in great detail at the original source material for more inspiration.

If the series is renewed for another season, it is likely to focus on the second novel titled A Darker Domain.

The story is about a woman, Catriona Grant, and her baby son Adam who were kidnapped and held for ransom 25 years ago.

Catriona ended up dead and Adam’s fate remained a mystery until a new clue is discovered in a deserted Tuscan villa.

At the same location, evidence is found of a recent murder and Karen is called in to follow the trail.


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She is already working on a case from the same year as during the Miners’ Strike of 1984, pit worker Mick Prentice vanished.

Karen starts to wonder whether his disappearance is connected to the Grant mystery.

Emer said she has also been looking at other books in the series, so season two could take a completely different avenue.

She said: “You really want to make sure what you’re doing feels like you should be making it now, that you’re not just making it because it’s the next book in the series.”

Fans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the first season and the show’s future.

@yermoungder said: “@MissEmerKenny @valmcdermid Season 2 for #KarenPirie please!!!”

@emmyfg shared: “Finished #KarenPirie. What a show! Season 2, season 2!”

Hopefully, they will not have long to wait until ITV makes the final call on whether season two is on the cards.

Karen Pirie is available to watch on the ITV Hub.

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