Damages Returns For Series Two

by Lisa McGarry

The highly anticipated second season of the award-winning legal thriller starring Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction, Dangerous Liaisons) and Rose Byrne (Marie Antoinette) comes to BBC One.

Oscar winners William Hurt (Children Of A Lesser God) and Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock, Mystic River) join the cast for the new 13-part series following the turbulent lives of the revered and reviled high-stakes litigator Patty Hewes (Close) and her ambitious protégé, Ellen Parsons (Byrne) – now working with the FBI to bring Patty down.

As Ellen struggles to deal with her fiancé’s murder, an old acquaintance reappears to seek Patty’s help in protecting him from an employer’s deadly revenge.

In the wake of the successful, but deadly, lawsuit against billionaire Arthur Frobisher, Ellen is in therapy to deal with her fiancé’s murder and is co-operating with a federal investigation of Patty. Opting to take a break from her legal practice, Patty has turned her attention to a mammoth charitable foundation she is starting with billionaire businessman Samuel Arsenault.

After learning that Frobisher was shot but not killed, Ellen sends a private investigator to find him. As Frobisher looks to conceal his whereabouts, Patty receives a box of papers for safekeeping from a former expert witness, Daniel Purcell.

Later, Patty invites Ellen for a drink to discuss something she never revealed about the Frobisher case. As Ellen poses as Frobisher’s ex-wife in an aborted effort to kill him, Purcell is contacted by a shady operative to discuss the information he has that could incriminate a big corporate client. And as Patty agrees to take on a class action suit in an infant morality case, Purcell pleads for her to help him, too. Finally, as Patty tells Ellen that she had a daughter who died in childbirth, the murder of Purcell’s wife prompts Patty to step in and help him.

Sunday 15 February
10.20-11.20pm BBC ONE

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