The Sinner has been one of the biggest Netflix smashes of 2017. For hardcore crime fans, it ranks up there with Mindhunter, True Detective and The Fall among favourites of recent times, and audiences have been entranced by the minutiae of it all: the delicately positioned plot, the ever-ratcheting tension and the intricate subplots and side dramas that give the show so much depth.

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Well, if you're a fan of The Sinner, then you're in luck - a second series is looking increasingly likely. Star Jessica Biel was asked by Entertainment Weekly if the show needed a second series, and seemed to confirm that the public demand might just make made it possible.

"It's a really good question. We are really hoping to hear soon if we get to come back or not," she said.

"Initially, the show was genuinely conceived as a limited series so it was a surprise to us as well that, with the amazing viewership and the incredible journey that this show has taken, it was even a possibility to come back. Even getting over that has been interesting.

"But now that it is a possibility, we are really diving deeply with our creative team, our writers' room."

Biel has stolen the show with her performance as Cora Tannetti, a mother who has committed a very public murder, but has no clue as to why she did. Her story was tied up at the end of series one - though you'll have to watch to the very end to discover the denouement - but Biel was enthusiastic that she might be back for a second round.

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"We're hoping to set it up and see if we can come up with some amazing and interesting stories. If we get to come back, we're starting fresh again," she said.

"I will definitely be involved in some way! I hope somebody writes me into the show, if we can figure it out. We will figure it out if it's possible, but we want to be authentic to the show.

"We want to do what's right for the show as opposed to what's right for me."

The author of the book on which The Sinner was based, Petra Hammesfahr, has published a long string of novels in her native Germany, so it would certainly be possible to maintain the themes of the original series with new material from other adaptations. Whoever gets to play the lead will have a tough act following Jessica Biel: she's just been nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the hit show.

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