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Christian Watson
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Vienna Blood - Season 2 TOP

Vienna Blood didn't premiere at the most auspicious time, arriving in January 2020 just ahead of the pandemic shutdown and with a lead-in of Masterpiece's first season of Sanditon, which was already canceled before it arrived. With Austria (where the show is filmed) in lockdown, it took six months before the series was renewed and even longer to get production off the ground again. However, Season 2 has been more of a sleeper hit for the show, partly because January 2022 gave it the lead in pair of Around The World in 80 Days and All Creatures Great and Small Season 2.

Vienna Blood - Season 2


However, Oskar did have a few flickers of life, first with an abused landlady who turned out to be an informant and then with the new archivist, Fraulein Lindner (Miriam Hie), who is rapidly becoming part of the team. Moreover, he and Max solved some high-profile cases. The first was the accidental poisoning of Countess Sophia Nadazdy, which turned out to be an anti-trans hate crime gone awry. The second was foiling a bombing plot to stop the treaty signing that led to the 1908 Bosnian Crisis; and the third, and closest to home, was a set up to ruin Clara's fiance, Korngold, using Jewish panic and blood libel so that a wealthy Christan could buy him out for a song.

Season 2 of Vienna Blood premieres on PBS on January 9. The second season features three new two-part episodes starring the endearing duo of Matthew Beard as Dr. Max Liebermann and Juergen Maurer as Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt. Vienna Blood is a brilliant murder mystery series anchored in history.

Based on the best-selling crime mystery novels written by Frank Tallis, Vienna Blood is set in the early 1900s in the Austrian capital of Vienna. Detective Inspector Oskar Rheinhardt joins forces with a young doctor, Max Liebermann, to solve murder mysteries. A disciple of the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, Liebermann helps Rheinhardt in profiling murder suspects. In this new season, Liebermann runs his own practice as a psychoanalyst, and Rheinhardt turns to him to help solve three different murder mysteries in Vienna, concerning a depressed Hungarian countess, a foreign plot and a monastery.

If you love murder mysteries and period dramas then this is the series for you. Season 2 is as enjoyable to watch as season 1 was. The only downside is that there is only three episodes per season. Much like season 1, the success of Vienna Blood relies heavily on the chemistry between Matthew Beard and Juergen Maurer, and the reconstruction of Vienna's historical past.

After shadowing Detective Inspector Rheinhardt in season 1 to learn more about the criminal mind, in this second season, Max Lieberman is this time sought by the detective to help him solve some gruesome murders. In the very first episode of Season 2, Max is in fact involved in the case as he was the doctor of the murder victim. Max finds his reputation is on the line, and must solve the crime with Oskar to salvage it, and to find the culprit. Vienna Blood in this new season plays a lot more on the growing friendship between the two men. The scenes between Juergen Maurer as Oskar and Matthew Beard as Max are great, playing off one another in quite a delightful way.

This season, the duo are assisted a lot more by forensic expert, Amelia Lydgate (played by Lucy Griffiths) and a new female police archivist Lisa Linder (played by Miriam Hie). Amelia is also Max's love interest, and the reason why Max broke his engagement with Clara (played by Luise Von Finckh) at the end of last season. I personally particularly love the scenes involving Max with his parents and sister, portrayed as such a loving and supportive family.

The third main character of this series remains the city of Vienna. Much of the filming of the series was filmed on location in Vienna, so the series takes its viewers into a kind of historical tour of the city. The series shows how Vienna was really a hotspot in the early 1900s in terms of history and culture. It is where psychoanalysis, with Sigmund Freud, was born. Much of the intellectual and artistic currents in Vienna at that time have influenced and shaped the modern Western world. This second season hints at a lot of pivotal historical moments, such as the multi-ethnicity of the city, the Austro-Hungarian empire that was about to crumble, and the virulent rising wave of anti-Semitism in Vienna. This historical context is what makes Vienna Blood such a fascinating period series.

Season 2 of Vienna Blood is already available to view on BBC iPlayer in the U.K. The series premieres in the U.S. on PBS on six consecutive Sundays, January 9-February 13. Vienna Blood is produced by Endor Productions and MR Film in co-production with Red Arrow Studios International, ZDF Germany and ORF (Austria), with the assistance of Fernsehfonds Austria, Film Fonds Vienna and Kultur Niederöesterreich. The stories were adapted by screenwriter Steve Thompson and season 2 was directed by Robert Dornhelm.

VIENNA BLOOD, the cerebral crime drama set in glittering 1900s Vienna, returns for a second season featuring three new two-part mysteries. Written by acclaimed screenwriter Steve Thompson (SHERLOCK, DEEP STATE, JERICHO) and based on the best-selling novels by Frank Tallis, Season 2 of VIENNA BLOOD premieres on six consecutive Sundays, Jan. 9-Feb. 13, 2022.

Max meets an old acquaintance in Café Sperl, which made an appearance in Episode 3 of the first season. Max and Oskar also have a drink here later in the episode as they work out the truth behind the case.

Vienna Blood first aired on BBC Two back in 2019 and there has been a long wait ahead of the upcoming episodes. The show is made up of 90-minute instalments, which originally aired weekly on the network. has all you need to know about what to expect from season two.

If you haven't already seen it, you can watch the trailer for season 2 of Vienna Blood below. All episodes are currently available via a PBS Masterpiece subscription HERE. In the UK, you can watch it on BBC iPlayer.

Love seems to be on the agenda for both men this season, though it's not going too well for Max. We'll avoid spoilers for those not caught up on earlier seasons, but we will say that none of the women in his life seem well-positioned for a serious future with him.

All the main cast members and producers are expected to return. At least, there is no news to suggest otherwise. Robert Dornhelm also returns to direct season 3. While we've already seen one cast member change between seasons 1 and 2, we haven't seen any signs of casting changes for season 3. In season 1, Amelia Lydgate was played by Jessica De Gouw and in season 2 Lucy Griffiths took over the role.

The series is based on the Liebermann Papers book series by Frank Tallis, and since there are three more books yet to adapt, there's plenty of source material left for the second season (each episode is based on one of the six books).

Viewers who enjoy filling their evenings with UK-produced period dramas need look no further than to PBS in the new year, as the public television network kicks off 2023 with not one, not two, but three back-to-back third-season premieres!

The season will be directed by Robert Dornhelm (Anne Frank: The Whole Story), who was already the lead director of the first season. Production on season two will begin in August on location in Vienna in English, with the show set to be delivered next year.

Red Arrow Studios International, the distribution arm of Red Arrow Studios, is leading the co-financing of season two and will distribute the drama worldwide. Other funding partners include Televisionfund Austria, TV-Filmfund Vienna and Niederoesterreich Kultur.

Nine PBS Passport members can catch up or binge all three seasons. Nine PBS Passport is a member benefit that provides you with extended access to an on-demand library of quality public television programming. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a Nine PBS member. 041b061a72


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