BBC One period drama The Village is to return for a second series in 2014, it has been confirmed.

The show, wich stars John Simm and Maxine Peake, follows the life of a working class community in Derbyshire in 1914 – although the next series will reportedly be set in the 1920s.

Series creator Peter Moffat expressed his excitement at the show’s return, saying: “I’m thrilled at the prospect of bringing to the screen the plans I’ve got for all these characters (and some new ones) as the life of the village moves away from the horror of war and into the roaring twenties

“I’m very grateful for the support the BBC have given this project right from the start,” he added. “No other broadcaster I can think of would have the confidence to do it.”

BBC One controller Danny Cohen called the series ‘drama of the highest quality’ and added: “I’m really proud to have it on the BBC and delighted it is coming back for a second series.”

The Village kicked off on Easter Sunday, pulling in decent reviews from critics as well as an audience of 6.3m viewers – although this had fallen to the 4.8m mark by last weekend.

Moffat has previously revealed his plans for the series, saying he hoped to write 42 episodes spanning 100 years of the village itself.