THE SECOND season of a popular BBC drama is to return after being filmed in locations across the borough.

A crime drama inspired by real life murders in Nottinghamshire, Sherwood investigates crimes in communities that have become increasingly polarised since the 1980s miners strikes.

Broadcast in June 2022, the drama was a huge hit with the Guardian giving it a five-star review and the Telegraph calling it the "best BBC drama of the year".

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Leigh Journal: David Morrissey stars in the BBC dramaDavid Morrissey stars in the BBC drama (Image: PA)

While the series is set in a Nottinghamshire mining village, many of its scenes have been filmed in and around the borough.

Series one included filming at Astley and Tyldesley Miners' Welfare Institute, as well as locations around Rivington and Manchester.

Returning to the area for series two, production teams have been spotted along Elliott Street in Tyldesley and Pennington Flash earlier this summer, as well as around Victoria Mill in Atherton this week.

Atherton was also chosen as the "perfect setting" by ITV bosses last year as the conclusion of a major Coronation Street storyline was filmed at Ena Mill.

Leigh Journal: Filming has been spotted at locations in Atherton and TyldesleyFilming has been spotted at locations in Atherton and Tyldesley (Image: Contributed)

Written by James Graham and starring David Morrissey, David Harewood, and Lesley Manville, season two of Sherwood is set in the present day while further exploring the themes that made the drama so powerful.

Introducing two new families, a complex web of gangs, rivalries, revenge, and betrayal collide to form the perfect storm in Nottinghamshire, which is on the controversial cusp of securing a new mine for the area.