Fate of Downton Abbey star's TV series Brave New World confirmed

Susannah Alexander
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Photo credit: Peacock - Sky
Photo credit: Peacock - Sky

From Digital Spy

Brave New World will not be returning for a second season on streaming service Peacock.

The sci-fi drama, which stars Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay and Solo: A Star Wars Story's Alden Ehrenreich, has not been picked up again by Peacock, Deadline reports. However there is still hope for the show, as studio UCP will reportedly be shopping it to other streamers or broadcasters who may want to continue it.

"There will not be Season 2 of Brave New World on Peacock," the service told Deadline. "David Wiener created a thought-provoking and cinematic adaptation.

Photo credit: NBC Universal
Photo credit: NBC Universal

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"We're grateful to the cast and crew who brought this world to life. We look forward to telling more stories with David in the future."

Brave New World, which is based on Aldous Huxley's 1932 dystopian novel of the same name, was part of Peacock's original slate of programming when the streaming service launched in July.

It depicts an apparently utopian society in which citizens start life in an artificial womb and are then placed into an intelligence-based social hierarchy where concepts such as money and family no longer exist, with people being kept peaceful by the constant supply of a happiness-inducing drug.

The drama sees New London citizens Bernard Marx (Harry Lloyd) and Lenina Crowne (Brown Findlay) take a holiday to the Savage Lands, where they get mixed up in a violent rebellion.

Photo credit: Peacock - Sky
Photo credit: Peacock - Sky

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They are rescued by John the Savage (Ehrenreich), who escapes with them back to New London. But John's arrival threatens to disrupt the harmony of the New World, with Bernard and Lenina left battling with the repercussions of their actions.

The series made several changes to the ending of the novel, which left viewers with a number of questions ahead of a potential season two for the show.

Writer Grant Morrison previously told Inverse in an interview that there was a "good chance" of season two happening, explaining that the ending of the book had been changed "because we want to open up more potential" and adding that season two would "venture into different territory, but still carry on the themes".

Brave New World aired on Peacock in the US. It airs on Sky One in the UK, with all episodes available on the Sky Go app and NOW TV.

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