Big Little Lies, the stunning HBO mystery drama about three women who become involved in a murder investigation, was the surprise smash hit of 2017 - and after a long wait, we've finally got some deliciously juicy details about the upcoming second season.

The award-winning show with an all-star cast including Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Zoë Kravitz and set in Monterey, California, is returning for another seven episodes.

Here's everything we know about Big Little Lies season two.

When is it airing?

HBO UK revealed on Twitter in February that Big Little Lies would be returning to screens in June this year, with Sky Atlantic showing it soon after 'in summer'.

"The Monterey 5 is back for Season 2. returns June 2019!" announced HBO.

How can I watch it?

Big Little Lies airs in the UK on Sky Atlantic. Season one is available to view online on Amazon Prime and the Google Play store.

Who is starring in it?

Most of the original cast is expected to return - and the leading actresses are set to receive a substantial pay bump, according to Glamour.

Reese Witherspoon shared this incredible teaser image of the leading ladies in a police line-up:

Alexander Skarsgård, who plays Perry Wright, was murdered at the end of season one, but TV Line confirms he'll be making a return - probably in the form of flashbacks, unless he's reincarnating from the dead.

The biggest addition to the cast is Oscar-winner Meryl Streep, who will be appearing as Mary Louise Wright, the mother of deceased Perry, who comes to Monterrey out of concern for her grandchildren.

Nicole gave fans a first-look at Meryl in her new role by sharing a set photo on Instagram.

And how could we forget the iconic on-set images of Reese hurling an ice cream right at Meryl that went viral last year?!

The Alienist's Douglas Smith is also joining the cast as surfer and aspiring marine biologist Corey Brockfield, who is also Jane's co-worker.

What will it be about?

Here's the official synopsis for Big Little Lies season two:

"The Golden Globe and Emmy-winning series is a subversive, darkly comedic drama, which will continue to explore the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting.

"Woodley's character Jane Chapman will be processing Perry's sudden death in the storyline, while trying to build a new life for herself and her son, Ziggy.

"Dern, who received both an Emmy and Golden Globe for her performance, will be reprising her role as Renata Klein, a woman who will be faced with new challenges in her marriage.

"Bonnie Carlson, Zoë Kravitz's character, will confront her past while struggling to come to terms with Perry's death."

And HBO added: "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."

The cast of 'Big Little Lies' won fistfuls of awards for the first season of the HBO show. Credit: PA Images

What has the cast said about the upcoming season?

"I'm thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists," Witherspoon said in a statement. "It gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them."

"This is inspired by the overwhelming response by audiences around the world, conceived once again by Liane Moriarty, realized by David Kelley and now in the hands of visionary filmmaker Andrea Arnold," added Kidman. "What a journey this has been. I'm so grateful to have this opportunity to keep exploring these female characters and make this series with my friends."

Harvey Day

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