Find out if the BBC’s Sherwood is based on a true story

BBC DRAMA Sherwood has come to an end with its tale of murder most horrid.

Fans of the BBC One show – which was led by Lesley Manville and David Morrissey – are now keen to know if there will be a second series.

Will there be a season 2 of Sherwood?

Good news for fans of the show – the BBC has renewed Sherwood for a season 2.

Like season 1, series creator and writer James Graham will once again look to draw on the real history of the Nottinghamshire mining village in which he grew up.

The new episodes will continue to explore the “the lives and legacy of those governed by Britain’s industrial past with stories from communities of the ‘red wall’ towns, the controversial deployment of so-called ‘spy-cops’ and how seismic ripples from the past can come back to haunt the present”, the BBC has promised.

“I’ve been so deeply moved by the response to Sherwood,” said Graham. “These stories come from my home, and I want to specifically express gratitude to my community for whom I know these subjects can be difficult, but – I hope – important ones to explore.

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“The East Midlands and former ‘red wall’ areas like it are never just one thing, politically or culturally, and it’s been the honour of my life to give voice and character to a place I love. It’s a county of great stories and legends, past and present, and I can’t wait to show audiences more.

“It’s also a joy to see our incredible cast be so celebrated, along with lead director Lewis Arnold, who I owe a great debt, and Ben Williams. None of this would have been possible without House Productions championing and supporting me every step of the way, and without the public service remit of the BBC.”

What happened in the first series of the BBC drama?

Two tragic murders threatened to inflame historic divisions sparked during the miners’ strike that tore families apart three decades before.

To solve the case, police inspectors Ian St Clair (Morrissey), from the local constabulary, and Kevin Salisbury (Robert Glenister) from the Met, reunited and had to bury a rivalry that stretched back to 1984, in an attempt to heal wounds, and catch a killer.

The series involved two real life murders.

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In July 2004, Robert Boyer shot ex-miner Keith “Froggy” Frogson with a crossbow on his doorstep, before hacking him to death with a sword and setting fire to his home.

Later that month, Terry Rodgers was living in his daughter Chanel’s home in Huthwaite when he shot her four times, just weeks after her wedding.

Although the two murders were not connected in any way, both killers fled into woodland near Annesley Woodhouse, Notts, remaining at large for weeks while police tried to hunt them down. 

Rodgers eluded police for nearly three weeks after constructing a shelter in the woods, and was finally found on August 16, 2004, the day after Boyer had been discovered.

Rodgers, 55, admitted the manslaughter of newly-wed daughter Chanel on the grounds of diminished responsibility, but denied her murder.

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However, prosecutors refused to accept his plea, and a murder trial was set for March 6, 2006, but he went on hunger strike and died in February 2006 – he never disclosed why he killed her.

Boyer, 42, later pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Frogson and at Nottingham Crown Court was given an indefinite hospital order.