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Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry-Jones to return for a third series.

The BBC has announced they have recommissioned popular BBC One legal drama Silk for a third series.

The six-episode second series which finished last night [June 20] on BBC One, stars Maxine Peake and Rupert Penry-Jones, and follows a group of barristers based at Shoe Lane Chambers run by Clerk, Billy played by Neil Stuke.

Written and created by Peter Moffat, Silk has performed consistently well in the ratings reaching an average of over 5 million viewers.

The series also starred Phil Davis, Frances Barber and Shaun Evans amongst the all-star cast.

Peter Moffat said in a statement: “It’s a joy to write for Maxine Peake and this group of actors. I feel very privileged and lucky. Can’t wait to get going.

“Lots of big ideas about cases, characters, relationships, politics as well as a great deal of unfinished business from this current series.”

Moffat added: “It’s usually a good sign as a writer when your anxiety about a new series is not what to say but how to fit everything in.

“The big challenge for all of us is keeping what is very obviously a highly intelligent and focused audience entertained and engaged.”

Silk Series 2 is available to by on DVD from Monday 25th June.