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Cast of Hope Street return to Donaghadee to film second series

Filming for the new series of Hope Street has resumed. Picture by Christopher Barr/BBC

FILMING is underway in Co Down for the second series of the BBC police drama Hope Street.

Set in the fictional coastal town of Port Devine, the cast of the show is back in Donaghadee filming for the next season. Series one's tense cliff-hanger left audiences on tenterhooks as Inspector Finn O'Hare's fate was left up in the air.

Viewers saw the policeman, played by Ciaran McMenamin, receive word of Leila Hussain's impending departure at the same time he learned that ex-wife Siobhan was undergoing cancer treatment. He was later involved in a car crash, leaving his fate unknown.

But as filming got underway this week in the Co Down coastal town, it has emerged that McMenamin is back for series two.

"I'm over the moon to be on the Hope Street beat again," he said.

"It was touch and go for Finn at the end of last season, but I'm glad to say he'll be back where he belongs with Marlene and Callum, dealing with the unique challenges thrown at them by all your old favourites, along with a motley crew of wonderful new characters.

"I couldn't be happier to be back home in Northern Ireland for the shoot this summer. The new scripts are brilliant, and sure, where would you rather be?"

Each episode features a self-contained crime story and follows the ups and downs of those working in the Port Devine police department as they deal with everyday policing in the beautiful seaside town.

The BBC Daytime, BBC Northern Ireland and Britbox series is made with support from Northern Ireland Screen. Series two is expected to return to television screens later in the year.

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