The first series of Industry was one of 2020’s more underrated TV shows- while it didn’t receive a huge amount of fanfare, it was still a great series that left fans eager for more. And now its been confirmed that a new series is headed to our screens later this year, with the show promoted from BBC Two to BBC One.
Industry, if you’re unfamiliar, is set in the world of investment banking. While that might not sound like the most exciting subject for a drama, the show was anything but boring: there’s plenty of scandal and Machiavellian scheming in the first series, and it makes for a gripping watch.
Series One focused on a group of competing graduates vying for places at the prestigious London investment bank Pierpoint & Co. Characters like Harper, Gus and Robert all became fan favourites, as they navigated the investment world in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. Though they come from differing backgrounds and walks of life, all of them strive for one goal: becoming a full time employee of Pierpoint.
The show showed us the competitive world of City bankers and the often crazy world in which they live, and received critical acclaim. The second series was announced last year, and new details have been released: alongside the main cast from last series, new additions include Alex Alomar Akpobome (Twenties), Sonny Poon Tip (Anatomy of a Scandal), Adam Levy (The Witcher) and Jay Duplass (The Chair). Akpobome plays Danny, a highly talented Executive Director from New York, while Duplass and Poon Tip play Jesse and Leo Bloom, a hedge fund manager and his son.
Right now, there unfortunately isn’t a huge amount of plot details available on what Series 2 will entail, but you can likely expect more of the same commentary on the wealthy and the privileged. The ending of Series One however gives some idea of where the series is headed: Main character Harper decides to make moves to advance her career in the banking industry, including brining back her old boss Eric in order for her to be permanently hired by Pierpoint- and jeopardising some of the friendships she’d made.
You’ll be able to see how the story of the competitive graduates continues when the second series arrives at some point this year, though you’ll have to wait a little while longer for a trailer and more info. For those who didn’t catch the first series though, it’s available to watch on iPlayer, so give it a binge if you intrigued by the cut throat world of money and power.
WATCH SERIES ONE OF INDUSTRY ON IPLAYER HERE