Prime Video Confirms Second Series of Hit UK Original The Rig

Prime Video will return to Scotland for a second instalment of supernatural series The Rig. The global hit show is the second UK Original drama to be renewed in recent months, following the success of The Devil’s Hour.   

Helicopters have taken the surviving crew of the Kinloch Bravo to a bold new location, where new dangers await them. The crew will have to deal with the emotional and physical fallout of the epic Series One finale and contend with swirling conspiracies, conflicts, and new threats from the dark depths of the world’s oceans it has unleashed. Series Two of The Rig will continue exploring global themes about the past, present, and future of the planet, all while delivering epic thrills and gripping action for its compelling cast of characters. 

Many of the cast will return for Series Two, including Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Martin Compston (Line of Duty), Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek), Rochenda Sandall (Criminal: UK), Owen Teale (Game of Thrones), Mark Addy (Game of Thrones) Molly Vevers (The Spanish Princess), Abraham Popoola (Cruella), and Stuart McQuarrie (Des), alongside new faces who will join the team. 

"The Rig’s popularity around the world is a testament to the fantastic ensemble cast and the vision of the creators—the crew behind the crew,” said Dan Grabiner, head of Originals UK & Northern Europe, Prime Video. “We can’t wait to welcome back Iain, Martin, and Emily, and see what writer and creator David Macpherson has in store for the Kinloch Bravo team next.”   

“We were thrilled by the audience response to Series One, and can’t wait to dive back in, continuing the journey of our characters with our hugely talented cast and creative team,” said Derek Wax, managing director of Wild Mercury.  

"It was always my aim to build a story that starts in Scotland but speaks to a global audience about global themes,” said David Macpherson, writer and creator. “In Series Two, I'm looking forward to expanding the world of our show through the eyes of our excellent cast, as we deliver more shocks and thrills and delve deeper into both our characters’ and our show's expanding original mythology." 

Isabel Davis, Executive Director at Screen Scotland said: “Following the global launch of The Rig series one, the first production into Edinburgh’s FirstStage Studios, this second commission is a massive vote of confidence in David Macpherson’s riveting scripts, its great cast and phenomenal production team, the majority of whom were Scotland based.  Its value to Scotland was bolstered even further with a major new entrants training scheme and we look forward to working with Prime Video to build on the great production experience of the first series.  

Production returns to First Stage Studios in Edinburgh with filming due to start later this year. The new series will launch exclusively on Prime Video in over 240 countries and territories.  

The executive producers are Derek Wax for Wild Mercury (a Banijay UK company), David Macpherson, and John Strickland. The producer is Suzanne Reid, and the co-producer is Matt Brown.  

Iain Glen in The Rig, courtesy of Prime Video

The Second Series of The Rig represents the growing UK Original slate on Prime Video, along with new UK-produced series and movies launching across 2023. These include 007’s Road to a Million, an unscripted adventure series inspired by James Bond; the highly anticipated Second Series of Clarkson’s Farm, which shows another year in the life of Diddly Squat farm as Britain’s best-known (but least qualified) farmer Jeremy Clarkson returns with his rag-tag band of agricultural associates; How to Date Billy Walsh, a British high school romantic comedy film; Gassed Up, London based action thriller film; stranger-than-fiction docuseries The Greatest Show Never Made and Fake Sheikh; psychological thriller and twisted love story Wilderness; and Fifteen Love, a drama series set in the world of elite tennis.  

Prime Video offers thousands of popular movies and TV shows, award-winning Amazon Originals and other exclusives, sports, and more including other UK-produced Amazon Originals such as The Devil’s Hour, Mammals, Jungle, KSI: In Real Life, The Grand Tour, All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur, All or Nothing: Arsenal, and James May: Our Man In Italy, U.S. hits like The Boys and Reacher as well as exclusive TV shows like Star Trek: Picard, Nine Perfect Strangers, and Little Fires Everywhere; movies including Shotgun Wedding, Thirteen Lives, My Policeman and BAFTA- and Academy Award-nominated Argentina, 1985; plus live sport including live coverage of Premier League football matches and exclusive coverage of ATP Tour, and WTA Tour tennis. All available at no additional cost as part of Prime Video, which is available in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide (offers and titles vary based on location). 

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About Wild Mercury Productions 

Wild Mercury was established in 2017 by Derek Wax to develop and produce bold, irreverent, imaginative stories for UK and US broadcasters. In creative collaboration with the most original writers working in drama and comedy, the team at Wild Mercury are drawn to dramas which take creative risks, bringing exciting, unfamiliar worlds to audiences. Wild Mercury is part of the Banijay Group. 

Wild Mercury’s recent projects, in association with Kudos, include Troy: Fall of A City for BBC and Netflix, Bafta nominated Humans for Channel 4 and AMC and Capital for BBC One, which won the International Emmy for Best Mini Series. The company is also in post production for BBC One on factual crime drama mini-series The Sixth Commandment, written by Sarah Phelps, and directed by Saul Dibb, starring Timothy Spall, Anne Reid, Eanna Hardwicke, Sheila Hancock and Annabel Scholey.  

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