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BBC announces 'Land Girls' casting

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The BBC has revealed details of the cast for the second series of Land Girls.

The daytime drama, set in the 1940s, focuses on a group of women working for the Women's Land Army during the Second World War.

Jo Woodcock will return to the show as Bea, while Becci Gemmell will appear again as Joyce. Sophie Ward, Mark Benton, Danny Webb, Susan Cookson, Mykola Allen and Liam Boyle will also reprise their roles in the new series.

Meanwhile, the BBC revealed that a number of new characters will feature in the show.

London's Burning star Clive Wood will join the cast as American businessman Jack Gillespie, while Liam Garrigan will appear as Rev Henry Jameson. Raquel Cassidy, who has previously featured in Lead Balloon and Teachers, will play Lady Hoxley's sister Diana Granville.

Controller of BBC Daytime Liam Keelan said: "It's wonderful to have so many of our original cast returning for the second series of our award-winning drama, as well as some exciting new names, too. The first series proved to be hugely popular, pulling in audiences of more than two million with its warm, uplifting but also compelling story.

"The first series of Land Girls was something completely new for our viewers as it was the first period drama commissioned and shown for the BBC One Daytime audience. This second series is part of BBC Daytime's ongoing commitment to produce more quality original British drama, which we know our audiences love."

The five new episodes of Land Girls are being filmed on location in the West Midlands.

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