The first season of the contemporary revenge thriller set on the Isle of Wight delighted subscribers and critics alike, with fans calling for a second season.
The first series tells the story of Frances Cairnes (Cush Jumbo), a mother grieving after her young son was killed in a hit-and-run accident. After the police drop the investigation, she takes matters into her own hands and sets out to find the person responsible and seek revenge.
Jared Harris co-stars as George Rattery, the man she believes to be responsible, while Billy Howle is the talented but troubled detective trying to make sense of the case.
But will there be another series and can we expect any of the current cast members to return? Here’s everything you need to know about the future of the series.
Will there be The Beast Must Die season 2?
BritBox announced earlier this month that a second series of the gripping scripted drama is currently in development with New Regency Television and Ridley Scott's Scott Free, with season one writer Gaby Chiappe on board to pen the second instalment.
The announcement followed record breaking viewing figures and widespread critical acclaim for the series, which quickly took the top spot as the streaming service’s best performing launch of 2021 so far.
What will The Beast Must Die series 2 be about?
The first series of the British drama series is based on Cecil Day-Lewis’ 1938 novel of the same name, and stars Jared Harris (Mad Men, Chernobyl), Cush Jumbo OBE (The Good Wife) and Billy Howle (The Serpent).
The second series will move away from series one’s central story, and will instead be based on an original story created by series screenwriter Gaby Chiappe entitled “A Sword in my Bones”.
It will be based around Howle’s character Nigel Strangeways, the detective trying to unpick the case and serve justice in the first series.
How to watch the first series of The Beast Must Die
The first two instalments of the five-part miniseries premiered on BritBox last month on Thursday, May 27, with the following three episodes released weekly on Thursdays.
The final episode dropped on BBC and ITV’s joint streaming service today, so those who need to watch (or rewatch) the first series will be able to do so via BritBox.