August 31, 2023

The second season of Audible’s fictional audio series that takes place in the Sherlock Holmes universe premieres in November.

It’s time to return to 221B Baker Street.

The second season of Audible’s fictional podcast taking place in the Sherlock Holmes universe, Moriarty: The Silent Order, just announced a new lineup of actors who will be joining the latest installment.

Helen Mirren, Anya Chalotra, Ross McCall and Arielle Goldman will star alongside the mystery thriller’s returning cast, which includes Dominic Monaghan as Professor James Moriarty and Phil LaMarr as Sherlock Holmes

Produced by Treefort Media, the 10-episode first season premiered in July 2022. The series’ sophomore season, available Nov. 9 exclusively on Audible, (spoiler alert) picks up six months after Moriarty survives near death at Reichenbach Falls and tracks down the woman he loves in New York City, where she is trapped in the web of The Order — an evil organization that stretches beyond Britain and the Crown, according to Audible.

When he fails to break her free, he returns to London to take down the organization, led by Mirren’s Lady Milverton, “the worst woman in London,” per her character description, “a pleasant, charming blackmailer who doesn’t believe in trust, only in leveraging to get people to do what she wants.”

Upon returning to the British capital, Moriarty finds Holmes is alive, despite their tryst at the waterfall at the end of season one, and is also trying to take down The Order. The two decide to partner up, set their hostility aside and work together.

“It was lovely to be part of the rich, beautifully realized world of Moriarty,” Mirren said in a statement. “It’s fun for me to take on a villainous role, and I particularly enjoyed delving into the different dimensions of Lady Milverton. This story was my first podcast drama, and I couldn’t imagine a more exhilarating story as an entry into the format.”

Mirren’s participation in the podcast amid the actors strike is permitted since Audible does not fall under projects produced under the SAG-AFTRA TV/Theatrical Agreements. The podcast company has a bespoke agreement with SAG under its Audiobooks division, which also covers original audio content and is considered non-struck work.

Monaghan said in a statement that it was “a treat” to work with the Oscar winner as his new nemesis this season.

“Moriarty has always been such an enigmatic character to me and exploring his world through this medium fueled my imagination. I’m delighted to continue telling his story,” the Lord of the Rings star said. “I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed working on it.”

Season one of Moriarty, The Devil’s Game, was the No. 1 podcast on the Audible platform at launch, and it won best fiction podcast at the Banff Rockie Awards. Returning voice castmembers also include Billy Harris and Curtis Armstrong. Chalotra (The Witcher) joins the ensemble in the role of Agatha, a young maid with secrets.”