Police drama Hope Street is back this Autumn for a second series to reveal the fate of Inspector Finn O’Hare after the first series’ dramatic cliff-hanger.

In the second series actor Ciaran McMenamin returns to reprise his role as Inspector Finn O’Hare. Also returning are Brid Brennan (Concepta O’Hare), Des McAleer (Barry Pettigrew), Kerri Quinn (Marlene Pettigrew), Niall Wright (Callum McCarthy), Aaron McCusker (Clint Dunwoody), Niamh McGrady (Nicole Devine), Rachel Tucker (Siobhan O’Hare), Louis McCartney (Shay O’Hare) and Ellie Lavery (Niamh O’Hare). The regulars are joined by Stephen Hagen (Risen) and Sadie Malone (Tin Star) who play father and daughter Al and Taylor Quinn.

Also joining the cast to play an exciting array of new characters are actors Ian Kenny (The Owners), Sophie Robinson (Rebellion), Marty Maguire (Vikings), Daniel Carlin (Blackrock), Niall Cusack (The Lost City of Z), Michael Byers (Mr Selfridge), Brigid Lohrey (If I Don’t Lose, I’ll Lose), Conor Grimes (Mrs Wilson), Cathy White (Nurses), Erin Galway Kendrick (Little Women) and Chris McCurry (Belfast) and Enya Doran.

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In the opening episode Niamh and Shay O’Hare are partying on the beach when a hooded figure rugby-tackles someone to the ground. The figure reveals himself as Niamh and Shay’s dad, Inspector Finn O’Hare who had spotted the man trying to sell drugs.

Finn’s been off work for six months – since he was injured in a car crash – so Marlene is Acting Inspector. She’s rattled by Finn’s ‘off duty’ arrest and decides to take action. She stakes out the likely source of the drugs – a beauty salon belonging to Chanel Kelly, wife of notorious criminal Ronan Kelly. What Marlene doesn’t know is that Ronan is the subject of an undercover investigation – spear-headed by an old friend of Finns – Al Quinn played by Stephen Hagan. Will Marlene’ untimely intervention blow the whole operation?

The series filmed in Donaghadee is executively produced by Paul Marquess, Donna Wiffen and produced by Leon Fee from Long Story TV. They will once again be joined by co-creator Susanne Farrell (Dirty God). Writers on this new series include Jessica Lea (EastEnders), Tess McGowan (Bump Along The Way), Christine Murphy (Emmerdale), Hamish Wright (The Secret Life Of Us), Stuart Drennan (The Dig), Greer Ellison (Butterfly Kisses) and Karis Kelly (Consumed).

Series one is available to watch now on BBC iPlayer. The series will be available on BBC Daytime in the new year.