Big Little Lies season 2 is back on our screens on MONDAY but who's in the cast and was there a book?

BIG Little Lies left millions begging for more after its shocking season finale.

But, when can you expect Big Little Lies' second series, who is included in the star-studded line-up, and who will Meryl Streep play? Here's all you need to know.

When is Big Little Lies on TV?

There isn't long to wait now, as the show returns ON MONDAY (June 10, 2019).

Similar to the way Game of Thrones was aired, Big Little Lies season 2 will be simulcast live on Sky Atlantic at 2am on Mondays (starting June 10) – the same time it airs in the US on HBO.

There will then be a more sociable repeat at 9pm that day (every Monday).

At least that gives you a chance to sleep before your alarm goes off for work!

Who's in the cast of Big Little Lies season two?

Undoubtedly, Big Little Lies has one of the strongest line-ups in television history.

It sees countless award-winning Hollywood matriarchs pull together for an iconic show.

Your favourite mum squad will be making a return.

So fans can look forward to seeing:

  • Nicole Kidman – as Celeste Wright. Nicole, 51, is a movie star known for films like Eyes Wide Shut and Moulin Rouge!.
  • Reese Witherspoon – as Madeline Martha Mackenzie. Reese, 43, is also a HUGE movie star known for Legally Blonde and Walk The Line.
  • Zoe Kravitz – as Bonnie Carlson, Nathan's wife. Zoe, 30, is the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet, and is known a star in her own right.
  • Shailene Woodley – as Jane Chapman. The youngest member of the cast, Shailene, 27, is known for the movie franchise Divergent and the weepy film Fault in Our Stars.
  • Laura Dern – as Renata Klein. Laura, 52, is known for Jurassic Park and Star Wars. Interesting fact, she played Shailene's mum in Fault in Our Stars.

Who does Meryl Streep play?

Meryl Streep plays Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Perry Wright.

Perry, played by Alexander Skarsgard, was Nicole Kidman's character's abusive husband.

The season finale saw the strong women of Monterey decide to protect Celeste Wright from her husband.

Following the death of her son, we will see Meryl Streep's character come to investigate the happenings.

Speaking about the part Meryl said on the Television Critics Association press tour: ""I loved this show, I was addicted to it.

"I thought it was an amazing exercise in what we know and what we don’t know about people, about family, about friends, how it flirted with the mystery of things. What was unsaid, unshown, unknown, was the gravitational pull of the piece.

"It was so exciting. When I got the chance to join the crew, I thought ‘Yeah!’ I wanted to be in that world. The world that was created was amazing."

What will happen in Big Little Lies season two?

The show wrapped up the story from the novel on which it is based, but it will expand beyond the book in its next season.

Season 2, which finished up production in August 2018, will reportedly go darker and deeper.

HBO said of the plot: "The subversive, darkly comedic drama Big Little Lies will explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting.

"Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode … the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom."

Is there a Big Little Lies book?

Yes, the American drama is based on the novel of the same name written by Liane Moriarty.

It was published back in 2014 and became a New York Best Seller.

The author has helped with the screenwriting of her book's television adaptation.

To date, her thrilling story has won eight Emmy Awards including Outstanding Miniseries.


Quick recap of the first season of Big Little Lies

WARNING contains spoilers from season one

The first season told the compelling story of a death in an affluent town in America.

We weren't quite sure who did what and why, but we were eyeing everyone suspiciously in hopes of spotting the murderer before it was revealed.

As the episodes went on, it was impossible to not fall in love with the five mums trying to be the best mothers they could.

Celeste, played by Nicole Kidman, was a beautiful lady living a seemingly perfect life with her husband and twin boys.

However, it soon became apparent that her husband Perry was an abusive psychopath.

As for Reese Witherspoon's character Madeline, she was a strong-willed, wealthy woman who was a true alpha-female.

Then, there was the newbie in town, single mother Jane, played by Shailene Woodley, and her son Ziggy.

Together with the positive hippie mum Bonnie and protective mother bear Laura Dern, the characters swept us off our feet and we started playing detective.

Yet the finale was a shock to us all.

As Perry made a move on Celeste who was refusing to go back home with him and accept more abuse, the women pulled together to defend their friend.

Next, the cruel Perry was pushed down a flight of stairs by the master of zen, Bonnie, which led to his unintended death.

The ladies agreed on a story and decided to protect Bonnie.

They all told the police that Perry fell by himself, accidentally.

Season 2 will see Perry's death investigated and the ladies trying to hide the fact that it was an unintended murder caused by one of them.

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