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Season 2 of TV Drama 'Riviera' Debuts

Updated: May 17, 2021

The glamorous crime drama, set and filmed in various locations on the French Riviera, has just celebrated its Season 2 debut.

Four years after the first season came out in 2017, Season 2 of Riviera aired for the first time on Oviation TV last Saturday, 8 May. Set on the French Riviera, the drama follows American art curator Georgina Clios (Julia Stiles) who seeks to get to the bottom of her billionaire husband's death in a yacht accident. Among the capricious circles of the rich and the opulent, she dives into her own investigations into his death, business and private life, discovering crimes, secrets and duplicitousness along the way.

Filming for season 2 took place between 21 May 2018 and September 2018 on the Côte d'Azur, including in Nice and Monaco, as well as Monza in Italy. Shots of Nice's opera house and the 5-star Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat can be seen during the show too. The Renaissance-style palace Château Diter in Mougins, Grasse, is used as the Clios' luxurious marital estate, with its own vineyard, two helipads and three swimming pools.

Julia Stiles plays 'Riviera' main character Georgina Clios © David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons

Julia Stiles, who plays protagonist Georgina and who is also known for playing Nikki Parsons in the Jason Bourne films, told, "It was exciting because of the setting and where I got to travel and being the lead on a TV show, but it was also scary for those reasons because it means you pack up your life and go and move to another country for 7 months – although I would do that again in a heartbeat! And it’s also, you don’t know what you’re signing up for three seasons later. I’m really proud of the third season and I think it got bigger and more exciting and more intriguing, so it was incredibly rewarding, but when I signed on for Season 1 I had only read the pilot!"

Mougins, Grasse, where the Clios' mansion is located © Sam2907 via Flickr

A press release from Oviation hinted at what is to come in season 2: "In the second season of Riviera, Georgina (Julia Stiles) tries to find a way to live with her actions from the season one finale, but secrets from her past wash up on the sandy shores of the Côte d’Azur that force her to explore her turbulent childhood against her will. Following an unprecedented and unavoidable visit to her childhood home, Georgina returns with a refreshed sense of self to re-establish her power and position in the family alongside her charismatic confidant, uncle Jeff (Will Arnett).

Georgina very quickly becomes acquainted with the Eltham family, an English dynasty that sails in to the Côte d’Azur providing its shores with a dose of new money and glamour. She goes on to form relationships with the whole family, some that appear genuine from the outset and others that unravel around her as secrets, old and new, become exposed. Joining returning cast members Lena Olin, Dimitri Leonidas, and Roxane Duran are new cast members Juliet Stevenson, Poppy Delevingne, Jack Fox and Alex Hanipekum.''

All episodes of Riviera are available to stream on NOW TV and Amazon Prime.

- Georgina Findlay

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