The inner working of the largest criminal organisation in London is set to be unearthed again as Sky announces Series two of its record-breaking Sky Original drama, Gangs of London. The series has been praised for its contemporary take on the gangster genre and cinematic fight sequences. The Times described it as an “outrageously thrilling drama…from rare talent”. Fans and TV critics have also drawn parallels with Game of Thrones for its visceral action, family saga and shades-of-grey morality, NME said it’s... “Game of Thrones, but without the dragons”.
The first series is the biggest Sky Original drama launch on Sky Atlantic of the past five years with a 7-day cumulative audience of over 2.23m* viewers for the opening episode overtaking other smash-hit Sky Originals including Chernobyl, Save Me and Riviera. Gangs of London is also Sky’s most binged premiere boxset this year with just under a million choosing to watch to the ninth and final episode of the series within two weeks and has had over 16.6m downloads across the series so far.
Gangs of London was created by visionary award-winning filmmaker of The Raid film franchise, Gareth Evans and his creative partner Matt Flannery. The series is produced by Pulse Films in association with SISTER for Sky Studios, filming on Series two is planned for next year, with the series returning in 2022.
In the meantime, the drama is set to explode on to screens around the world as AMC has picked up rights for Series one of the smash hit in the U.S. and will also join as a co-producer for Series two. Viewers in the U.S. will be able to watch Gangs of London Series one this autumn on AMC, with the show also scheduled to air on Sky in Germany and Italy this summer.
Zai Bennett, Sky UK’s Managing Director of Content, said: “Not only is Gangs of London Sky’s most binged premiere box-set this year, it’s the biggest original drama launch on Sky Atlantic of the past five years. It’s 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.”
Dan McDermott, President of Original Programming for AMC and Co-President of AMC Studios, said: “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.”
Thomas Benski, CEO & Founder, Pulse Films, said: “The overwhelming reaction and record-breaking success in the UK of the first season of Gangs of London has been phenomenal, and we are thrilled to continue this epic journey with such riveting characters for season two with our amazing cast, crew and partners. We look forward to teaming up again with our friends at Sky and to welcoming AMC on board as our US broadcast partner. AMC is the perfect home for our show, and we cannot wait for audiences stateside to experience series one this Autumn.”
Gangs of London Series two was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Sky UK’s Managing Director of Content and Cameron Roach, Director of Drama at Sky Studios, with Gabriel Silver as the Executive Producer for Sky Studios.
Thomas Benski and Lucas Ochoa are the executive producers for Pulse Films alongside Jane Featherstone for SISTER.
NBCUniversal Global Distribution and Pulse Films will share further international licensing rights for the show.
Gangs of London critical appraisal
The Metro ***** “epic… with more than a touch of Quentin Tarantino”
The Times “outrageously thrilling drama…from rare talent”
Esquire “The channel’s biggest series since Game of Thrones”
Radio Times **** “The Godfather meets The Raid”
Evening Standard “this show guarantees to pack a punch”
Den of Geek “A massive, cinematic, complex saga”
Financial Times ****
The Times ****
The Observer ****
Daily Mail ****