Deep State, the Mark Strong-fronted spy thriller, has been renewed for a second season ahead of its debut bow. Fox Networks Group (FNG) Europe & Africa has ordered a second run of eight episodes as the show kicks off this evening, April 5 in 50 markets across the region.

Co-created, directed and written by Matthew Parkhill (RogueDeep State is described as a grounded, visceral thriller, moving between the deeply personal story of a family man fighting to escape his past and the violent, dark excesses of government and global corporate power. Game of Thrones‘ Joe Dempsie also stars.

It centers around Max Easton (Strong), an ex-spy whose past comes back to haunt him when he’s summoned away from his new life in the Pyrenees by George White (Alistair Petrie), head of covert MI6/CIA team “The Section.” White convinces Max to return to the field to avenge the death of his estranged son Harry (Dempsie). But the stakes are soon raised when Max finds himself at the heart of a covert intelligence war, immersed in a widespread conspiracy to profit from the spread of chaos in the Middle East. Max enters into a dangerous game as powerful corporations demonstrate that they are willing to go to great lengths to protect their reputation and bury their secrets. With such a strong undercurrent of corruption, who can Max trust? Who is telling the truth? And what must be done to uncover it? To find out, Max is going to have to throw himself back into the dangerous and brutal life he so desperately tried to leave behind.

Karima McAdams, Anastasia Griffith, Lyne Renée, Amelia Bullmore, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Pip Torrens and Fares Fares round out the cast.

The show, produced by Red Arrow’s Endor Productions, will also air on U.S. network Epix on Sunday, June 17 and has also been sold to broadcasters including SBS in Australia, NBC Universal in France, Super Channel in Canada, TVNZ in New Zealand and DRTV in Denmark.

“Matthew and the team at Endor have produced a brilliant and compelling new series for us, which has been getting tremendous feedback from both our pay-TV partners and buyers alike,” said Diego Londono, Chief Operating Officer, Fox Networks Group, Europe & Africa. “As audiences across the globe begin on their Deep State journey, we’re delighted to demonstrate our commitment to both this thrilling new drama and to commissioning regional stories that can entertain audiences around the world, in line with our rich Hollywood heritage.”

“We are thrilled that as the first season of Deep State launches, we also have a greenlight for season two. The team at Fox Networks Group, Europe & Africa have been the most supportive of partners and we look forward to our next adventure together,” added Hilary Bevan Jones, Exec Producer, Endor Productions.