BBC's bodice-ripper Versailles to come back with second series


Racy period drama Versailles will return for a second series next year, the BBC has announced.

The 10-part series reached its bloody conclusion on Wednesday night as the traitor in the court of France's King Louis XIV, played by Vikings' George Blagden, was finally exposed.

George Blagden as King Louis XIV in Versailles (Canal +/BBC)

Machiavellian plots, saucy sex scenes and sumptuous costumes earned the big-budget BBC Two romp an average two million consolidated viewers per episode.

The Anglo-French drama - created by the British duo Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft, who were also behind Spooks - is the most expensive French TV series ever made, costing a reported 30 million euro (£25 million), and earned rave reviews on the continent before airing on UK TV.

Racy sex scenes and scheming plots have seen 2 million tune in each week (Canal +/BBC)

Following the court of the Sun King, it also starred Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman, Evan Williams and Noemie Schmidt.