Fans of the rip-roaring BBC adventure drama The Musketeers will be happy to learn that a second season has been confirmed. Fans of the mustache-wielding Peter Capaldi will be disappointed to learn that he won’t be starring in it.

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"Drama in 2014 has got off to a great start on BBC One and The Musketeers has really brought something fresh and new to the channel. I can't wait to see how things will develop in the next series,” explained BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore.

Adrian Hodges - who adapted the show from the original Alexandre Dumas stories - added that he is "completely thrilled" by the renewal news. "Writing and helping produce the show has been one of the greatest challenges and joys of my professional life," he said.

Any second series, though, will be without Capaldi due to the star’s Dr. Who commitments – a role he’s been itching to play since he became an actor. "It was a gradual realisation that he wouldn't be able to do the second series and people are now very excited about who the next villain will be so that's going to bring a new energy. Hopefully he'll be as good as Peter was,” confirmed Tom Burke, who plays Athos in the show. (Radio Times)

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The Musketeers recently impressed after a brief lull in the second and third episodes. The first episode impressed, and now the critics seem to be back on side with the fourth. “All in all – a good episode that shows The Musketeers can handle drama alongside the fun and action. More like this please,” said Rob Kemp in his Den of Geek review.