Sky Atlantic to simulcast ‘True Detective’ Season Two with HBO

Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn and Rachel McAdams head up the cast for Season Two

Sky Atlantic is to simulcast Season Two of True Detective with HBO when it begins next month (June).

Beginning with the season premiere on June 21/22, each new episode of the US crime drama will debut in the UK at 2am GMT on Monday morning – the same time it airs on HBO in the US. Sky Atlantic will then air each new episode again at 9pm on Monday evening for the benefit of viewers who choose not to stay up late.

Season Two of the acclaimed crime drama created by Nic Pizzolatto introduces a new setting, storyline and cast led by Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Kelly Reilly. Farrell plays bent cop Ray Velcoro, a barely functioning coke head who has suffered years of turmoil in both his person and professional life and is battling his ex-wife for custody of their son. Vaughn will appear as the show’s main antagonist, career criminal Frank Semyon, who has Farrell’s compromised officer on his payroll.

Midnight In Paris actress McAdams plays a detective called Ani Bezzerides, whose “uncompromising ethics” apparently put her at odds with her colleagues and the system she serves, while Friday Night Lights alumnus Kitsch takes on the role of Paul Woodrugh, a motorcycle officer who is said to be “running from a difficult past”.

British actress Reilly – perhaps best known as Mary Watson in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – plays Jordan, the wife of Vaughn’s character Frank Semyon, who is a willing accomplice in her husband’s criminal shenanigans. HBO has recently released a new trailer for Season Two, which you can watch here.

Meanwhile, Season One of True Detective, which starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, won the International prize at the BAFTA TV awards on May 10, beating off strong competition from The Good Wife and Netflix’ original series House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black.