James Nesbitt looked tense as he returned as DCI Tom Brannick while filming new scenes for the second series of BBC’s Bloodlands in Belfast.
The Northern Irish actor, 57, cut a smart figure in a pastel blue shirt and dark trousers, which he paired with a tie, a jumper, and a grey speckled overcoat as he embodied the notorious lead character.
He looked grave as he walked into a coffee shop on Donegal Streel in new scenes, where he met with Lola Petticrew, who plays his on-screen daughter Izzy Brannick.
He’s back! James Nesbitt cut a smart figure in a pastel blue shirt and tie, which he paired with trousers and a grey speckled overcoat as he embodied lead character DCI Tom Brannick
Lola looked effortlessly chic in a mustard yellow cardigan, which they paired with a green neckerchief and a grey collared jacket.
The Dating Amber star, 26, styled their brunette tresses in a short pixie cut – a strikingly different look from their normal fringed bob.
Although the shots gave nothing away, both actors looked tense as the second series of the crime drama will no doubt bring unexpected twists and turns in the already complex storyline.
Fans were left wondering what the six-part second series will hold for the father-and-daughter duo after the tense finale revealed the mysterious serial killer ‘Goliath’ was none other than Brannick himself.
Bloodlands: He looked grave as he walked into a coffee shop on Donegal Streel in new scenes, where he met with Lola Petticrew, who plays his on-screen daughter Izzy Brannick
A description of the plot for the second series says a murder of a crooked accountant threatens to expose Brannick’s identity, forcing him to keep the accountant’s widow Olivia (Victoria Smurfit) ‘dangerously close’.
According to BelfastLive, it adds: As they try to solve the riddle her husband left behind, and become more and more immersed in the puzzle of each other, Tom and Olivia draw in Tom’s fellow officers DS Niamh McGovern (Charlene McKenna), DCS Jackie Twomey (Lorcan Cranitch) and DC ‘Birdy’ Bird (Chris Walley), as well as his daughter, Izzy (Lola Petticrew), until deceit and betrayal build to a shattering climax.’
It is not clear when the second series drama, which is executive produced by Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio, will air but it is expected later this year.
The first series saw James’ character Brannick investigating a kidnapping with links to ‘Goliath’, who last struck in County Down 23 years ago, just before the Good Friday Agreement was signed.
What’s to come? The first series of Bloodlands ended with Brannick cuddling his daughter Izzy on the sofa
Among Goliath’s suspected victims was Brannick’s wife Emma, an intelligence agent investigating terrorism.
But in the series finale, it was revealed that Brannick himself was ‘Goliath’, with fans left on the edge of their seats waiting to discover what will happen next.
Dozens of viewers said the fast-paced series finale left them with ‘more questions than answers’, with one claiming she needed a ‘whole PowerPoint presentation’ to explain what was going on.
Viewers were first introduced to Brannick as a concerned husband and father determined to uncover what happened to his wife, whom he believed had gone undercover and disappeared.
But it quickly became clear that all was not as it seemed. It transpired Emma was having an affair with Protestant paramilitary godfather David Corry, who was shot dead by Goliath on an island in Strangford Lough, County Down.
Unexpected: Fans were left wondering what the six-part second series will hold after the tense finale revealed the mysterious serial killer ‘Goliath’ was none other than Brannick himself
Goliath was also behind the murders of IRA quartermaster Joe Harkin and IRA arm-dealing priest Father Simon Quinlan.
When Corry’s brother Adam revealed the affair to Brannick in the second episode, the detective did not hesitate in shooting him dead.
At the start of the finale, Brannick’s boss DCS Jackie Twomey (Lorcan Cranitch), was being treated as the prime suspect in the Goliath case.
In a scene reminiscent of Line of Duty, Heather Pentland (Susan Lynch) grilled Twomey but ultimately there was not enough evidence to tie him to the murders.
DS Niamh McGovern (Charlene McKenna) grew suspicious of Brannick’s reaction to the inconclusive interview and began to suspect he had framed Twomey.
By speaking in Irish Gaelic – a detail which was widely praised by viewers – she was able to communicate her suspicions to Twomey in secret.
At the same time, McGovern was uncovering Brannick’s connections to the Goliath murders, he was ambushed by the henchmen of kidnap victim Pat Keenan (Peter Ballance), who still wanted revenge.
Brannick was eventually exposed as Goliath by Dr Tori Matthews (Lisa Dwan), the illegitimate daughter of Goliath murder victim Quinlan and Izzy’s university tutor.
Using Izzy as a lure, Matthews convinced Brannick to come to her holiday cottage in the mountains, where he finally revealed what had happened more than two decades ago.
Brannick explained how in early 1998, in the build-up to the Good Friday Agreement, he had received a phone call from David Corry, who claimed to be holding Emma after discovering she had infiltrated his loyalist terror operation.
Secrets revealed: Brannick was exposed as Goliath by Dr Tori Matthews (Lisa Dwan), pictured, the illegitimate daughter of Goliath murder victim Quinlan and Izzy’s university tutor
Brannick claimed he was told he had to ‘do certain things’ if he wanted to see his wife again. This involved killing Harkin and Quinlan on the island in the lough, where they were awaiting a delivery of a weapons shipment.
After shooting the two men dead, Brannick waited for Corry. He was shocked when Corry arrived with his lover Emma, and shot Corry dead.
But he couldn’t kill his own wife and told her to ‘disappear’.
An emotional Brannick sobbed as he confessed his crimes to Matthews and sent her to retrieve the gun he had used to murder Quinlan, Harkin and the Corry brothers, saying he simply wanted to tell his daughter himself before turning himself in.
Observant: Brannick’s fellow officer DS Niamh McGovern (Charlene McKenna), pictured, is set to be drawn into further ‘deceit’ and ‘betrayal’ in the second series
But when Matthews arrived at the lough island in search of the gun, she was ambushed by Keenan, who had been tipped off by Brannick as to where he could find the woman who had kidnapped him.
Keenan shot Matthews dead, using the ‘Goliath’ gun. Brannick arrived to shoot Keenan dead.
When the police arrived, having tracked Brannick’s mobile phone, they found the detective with a gun in hand, standing over two bodies.
He claimed he had killed Keenan, who must be Goliath, because he was armed and dangerous.
The episode concluded with Petland and Twomey debriefing Brannick, who said he was convinced Keenan had been Goliath.