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After the huge success of the first series, the BBC have commissioned a second series of hit thriller, The Pact, a co-commission between BBC Drama and BBC Wales.

Written and created by Pete McTighe, the second series will tell a suspenseful and emotional story over six episodes. This brand new story makes way for new characters with the cast, including Cardiff-born, BAFTA winning actress Rakie Ayola (Anthony), who takes centre stage alongside serving as executive producer. The series is being produced by Cardiff-based production company Little Door Productions.

The Pact, currently filming in and around Wales, follows social worker Christine (Rakie Ayola) and her family whose loyalties are tested when they’re confronted by a stranger. Elizabeth Berrington (The Nevers), Lisa Palfrey (Chloe, Line of Duty), Christian Patterson (Mr Selfridge, In My Skin), Matthew Gravelle (Broadchurch, Keeping Faith), Aaron Anthony (Behind Her Eyes) and Jacob Ifan (Bang, A Discovery of Witches) join the cast. Plus, rising stars Jordan Wilks (Freshers), and Welsh talent including Lloyd Everitt (Casualty, The Deceived) Mali Ann Rees (Tourist Trap, Hidden).

Christine’s family, oldest son Will (Lloyd Everitt), youngest son Jamie (Aaron Anthony) and daughter Megan (Mali Ann Rees), are trying to get on with their lives after the recent tragic death of their brother Liam. As they look forward to Megan’s wedding, the family have their lives turned upside down when a stranger, Connor (Jordan Wilks), arrives in town claiming a connection that nobody could have imagined. As buried secrets come to light, they must consider who they are and grapple with morality and divided loyalty. As their lives spiral out of control, a terrible pact may be all that can save them.

Executive producer Rakie Ayola says: "I'm thrilled to be working again with Little Door and BBC Wales leading this talented cast to bring Pete's wonderfully mysterious story to life. As an Exec-Producer on this series, it's hugely important to me to see the wealth of opportunity this production is offering both to established talent and those new to the industry both behind and in front of camera.”

Executive Producer for Little Door Productions Elwen Rowlands says: “We’re delighted to be working with BBC Wales, BBC Drama and Pete McTighe on a new series of The Pact and to have the brilliant Rakie Ayola head up a cast of established and emerging talent. It’s a gothic tale that puts loveable, complex, characters under extreme pressure, forcing them to confront their past. We look forward to bringing it to the screen.”

Head of Commissioning for BBC Wales, Nick Andrews says: “The Pact gripped the nation, its impact spread like wildfire dominating BBC iPlayer’s most popular lists. When asked if we would go again, it was a very easy decision to make. Pete McTighe’s writing has more twists and turns than a bowl of spaghetti – we were absorbed by the characters and the story. It’s brilliant to be going again and fans can be reassured that you’ll be guessing the ending right up until the final credits.”

The project has received support from Welsh Government via Creative Wales and Wales Screen. The production will be distributed by Lionsgate.

Gerwyn Evans, Deputy Director of Creative Wales says: “I’m delighted that Creative Wales is able to support the second series of this popular BBC thriller. Cardiff-based Little Door is filming in and around Wales once again, showcasing our nation as the ideal location to shoot. The production will also create more opportunities for trainees, reflecting the Welsh Government’s commitment to boosting skills and talent.”

Produced by Little Door Productions, The Pact is written and created by Pete McTighe (The Rising, Doctor Who, A Discovery of Witches), with further episodes written by Joy Wilkinson (Doctor Who), with Connor Allen (Children’s Laureate Wales 2021– 2023) acting as story consultant. Elwen Rowlands and Hayley Manning executive produce for Little Door Productions and Ben Irving and Helen Perry serve as executive producers for BBC. The series is produced by Adam Knopf (War of the Worlds) and directed by Nicole Volavka (The Bay) and Christiana Ebohon-Green (Vera).

The Pact is due to air later this year and is the second commission for Little Door Productions.

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