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Ben Miller and Frances de la Tour fans will be pleased to know that even though the first season of Professor T received somewhat mixed reviews (especially by those familiar with the original), the British adaptation of Professor T will be returning for Season 2.
What is Professor T About?
The British Professor T series is based on a hit Belgian series about an eccentric Antwerp University professor who serves as a special advisor to police. You can watch the original HERE on PBS Masterpiece. There's also a German version about a professor at Cologne University.
Ben Miller (Death in Paradise, The Worst Week of My Life) stars as Cambridge-based Professor Jasper Tempest, an expert on criminology and occasional police consultant.
The really interesting part about this (aside from the fact that Ben Miller makes a great detective) is that Ben Miller is no stranger to Cambridge. The brainy comedian was actually working on PhD in semiconductor physics before he became a famous actor. He even writes books designed to explain advanced scientific topics to laymen.
Alongside Miller, Tony award-winning actress Frances de La Tour (Vicious) plays his quirky and overbearing mother, Adelaide. Relative newcomer Emma Naomi plays the role of former student DI Lisa Donckers. Barney White is her sidekick, Dan Winters.
What's Happening in Season 2 of Professor T?
Season 2 is set to be be produced by Eagle Eye Drama, and Belgian director Dries Vos will return to direct the series. As before, it will be filmed in Belgium and Cambridge, England. Jo McGrath and Walter Iuzzolino will serve as executive producers, and the series will be written by returning writers Matt Baker and Malin-Sarah Gozin.
Of the renewal, lead actor Ben Miller said:
We’re incredibly grateful to the ITV and PBS audiences for taking Professor T to their hearts, and we are actively plotting an even quirkier and uplifting Season Two. Expect more baffling crimes, more breath-taking scenery, and some answers to the most intriguing mystery of all: what is it, exactly, in his childhood, that makes the Professor tick?
A teaser for the new season has given a hint at what's to come:
Set against the stunning backdrop of one of the world’s most prestigious educational institutions, Cambridge University, the second series of Professor T will see Jasper Tempest (Ben Miller) and his mother Adelaide (Frances de la Tour), seek help from a therapist, which in turn will uncover more secrets from Professor T’s troubled childhood.
The Professor will continue to help the police solve unusual crimes, rekindling his former relationship with Chief Inspector Christina Brand. Meanwhile Professor T’s protégé Inspector Lisa Donckers begins to regret prioritising her career over her budding relationship with police partner Dan Winters.
Specific episode descriptions haven't yet been published, but we know there will be six new episodes to look forward to.
When Will Season 2 of Professor T Premiere?
In the UK, season 2 of Professor T will premiere on ITV (with catch-ups on ITV Hub) beginning the 16th of September at 9pm.
In the US, season 1 aired on PBS and PBS Masterpiece, so that's where we would expect to see the second – but of course, there are never any guarantees until the official announcement. No date has been set, but we can all cross our fingers that it will be soon after the UK premiere.
Explore the Professor T Filming Locations
Professor T is set in the lovely university town of Cambridge, making the series another one that's worth watching for the scenery alone.
Want to have a wander around the town and university? You can use the embedded window below to virtually walk through different areas in Cambridge. It works best on desktop and laptop computers, but you should be able to make it work on mobile or tablet, too.
Tune in for Season 2 of Professor T…
Though season 1 may have been a bit of a rocky start, the series was at its best when it was showcasing the unique quirks of Professor T and his relationship with his mum. Hopefully, they'll find their rhythm in series 2 and it will become the show we know it has the potential to be.
With Endeavour coming to an end after the season that filmed this summer, we're all going to be desperately in need of a brainy mystery set in a gorgeous university town – so fingers crossed they'll pull it off.
After founding I Heart British TV in 2016 as a resource for her granny, Stefanie has grown I Heart British TV into a resource that serves millions of British TV fans every year. When not writing posts or editing contributions to the site, you can probably find her working on the latest print edition of the British TV Streaming Guide.
What a terrific show. Great story, superb cast. (Ben Miller could read a grocery list and I would be fascinated).
We watched this on PBS and are very impressed with casting, scenery, ingenious thought processes, music and personal relationships within the stories. Can’t wait for Series 2!
I absolutely love this series; all the characters are wonderful, though the relationship between Professor T and the “Captain” seemed a bit confusing at first.
This is a brilliant series , all the actors have good strong roles and play them so well!
Professor T is outstanding.