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'Vienna Blood' season 2: release date, cast, plot, and everything we know

Vienna Blood season 2
'Vienna Blood' season 2 promises to be just as gripping as the first. (Image credit: BBC)

Vienna Blood season 2 will once again see a world-weary Austrian police detective and a young doctor of psychology team up to solve crimes in 1900s Vienna.

Based on the best-selling novels by Frank Tallis, they’ve been adapted by acclaimed Sherlock screenwriter Steve Thompson. 

Three new feature-length episodes are on the way following the success of the first series.

Here’s everything we know about Vienna Blood season 2

'Vienna Blood' season 2 release date

Vienna Blood season 2 will begin on BBC2 on Friday, Dec. 10 at 9pm. The first episode is called The Melancholy Countess. The second episode — The Devil’s Kiss — will air on Friday, Dec. 17 at 9pm, and the third and final episode — Darkness Rising — will air on Christmas Eve at 9pm.

Meanwhile, in the US it will be screened on PBS, but a release date is still to be announced.

What’s the plot?

We will again see the same awkward but brilliant relationship between young Max Liebermann and troubled cop Oskar Rheinhardt.

Max, who studied under Sigmund Freud, uses the psychology of criminal minds to crack cases. Oskar has more old school methods but began to recognise in the first series how brilliant Max is.

Talking about playing Max, The Imitation Game’s Matthew Beard previously told us: "Freud has all these new ideas about human behaviour that are exciting to Max. And when he gets something in his head, he follows it through, much to the dismay of Oskar. They are in a long line of odd couples that we have seen in films over the years."

The first episode, The Melancholy Countess, opens in the autumn of 1907 with a depressed Hungarian Countess being found drowned in a bath. It's a deeply personal case for Max, who asked the Countess to stop taking her prescribed medicine and start taking a course of Freud’s talking cure with himself. With his reputation in tatters, Max and Oskar set about cracking the case which takes a new twist when they discover the Countess was poisoned...

Who’s in the cast?

Acclaimed Austrian actor Juergen Maurer plays Oskar Rheinhardt, while Matthew Beard returns as Max Liebermann. Further casting news is expected soon.

Is there a trailer?

Not yet, watch this space.

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