Deadline is reporting that crime drama series Gangs of London has been renewed for a second season, with AMC now onboard to air the new season in the U.S after HBO’s Cinemax dropped out.
Set in the heart of London, the series focuses on the city being torn apart by the turbulent power struggles of international gangs that control it and the sudden power vacuum that’s created when the head of London’s most powerful crime family for the last twenty years, Finn Wallace, is assassinated. With rivals everywhere and with no idea who ordered the hit, it’s up to his impulsive son Sean Wallace, and the help of the Dumani family headed by Ed Dumani, to take Finn’s place. While Ed looks to maintain order, Sean’s crusade to find his fathers killer causes ripples in the world of international crime within the streets of London, which consists of the Albanian mafia headed by Luan Dushaj, the Turkish mafia, Pakistani drug cartel, Jamaican yardies, Chinese triads, Italian ‘Ndrangheta, Welsh travellers, and various other criminal elements. One man that gets caught up in the crime families rift is Elliot Finch, who up until now has been a lowlife chancer with a mysterious interest in the Wallace family. But as the wind of fate blows, Elliot finds himself transported into the inner workings of the largest criminal organisation in London.
The series was originally commissioned by Sky and Cinemax back in 2017 and, today, the Cinemax network is moving out of original scripted content following the launch of the HBO Max streaming service, meaning now that AMC have acquired the U.S rights and will become a co-producer of the second season. The series is created by Gareth Evans and his creative partner Matt Flannery, with the second season commissioned Sky UK’s Managing Director of Content Zai Bennett, Director of Drama at Sky Studios Cameron Roach. Thomas Benski and Lucas Ochoa serve as executive producers for Pulse Films, alongside Jane Featherstone for Sister, and Gabriel Silver for Sky Studios.
Dan McDermott, President of Original Programming for AMC and Co-President of AMC Studios, released a statement saying:
Gangs of London is a cinematic thrill ride that set screens ablaze with a stellar cast, elevated drama and epic storylines, and we couldn’t be more excited to raise the pulse of our audiences with this explosive crime series. We’re grateful for the opportunity to partner with Sky Studios, Pulse Films and Sister to continue to push the boundaries on a bold new season of the series.
Zai Bennett, Sky UK’s Managing Director of Content, released a statement adding:
Gangs of London is dark, dangerous and we are thrilled it is coming back for a second series. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome AMC to our gang for Series two alongside the teams at Pulse Films, Sister and Sky Studios. Will the Wallace family rise again, will the Dumanis remain loyal to their new allies and who is Elliot really working for? All these questions and more will be waiting for Sky viewers when Gangs of London returns to screens in 2022.
I for one am looking forward to a second season as Gangs of London remains one of my favourite series this year (I still episode five is the best episode of television this year) and it’s renewal was only a matter of time, considering the fact that it is the biggest original drama to launch on Sky Atlantic for five years and has been a hit with viewers in the UK & Ireland.
The first season of Gangs of London stars Joe Cole, Asif Raza Mir, Sope Dirisu, Lucian Msamati, Michelle Fairley, Mark Lewis Jones, Valene Kane, Narges Rashidi, Jing Lusi, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Brian Vernel, Orli Shuka, Richard Harrington, Jude Akuwudike, Emmett J. Scanlan, Colm Meaney, Aled ap Steffan, David Bradley, Paapa Essiedu, Adrian Power, Ray Panthaki, Constantine Gregory, Garry Cooper, Darren Evans, Garmon Rhys, Serena Kennedy, Aksel Ustun and Kwong Loke.