THE BBC’s new crime drama Bloodlands follows the hunt for a legendary assassin plaguing Northern Ireland – and has pedigree talent behind it.
The cold case crime series is written by newbie Chris Brandon and produced by Jed Mercurio, the brains behind Line of Duty and Bodyguard – here’s the lowdown.
When is Bloodlands on TV?
The show has only just been commissioned so there isn’t an air date for it yet but it will be on BBC One.
It is likely to be on TV around the summer or early autumn of 2020.
Filming will take place in and around Belfast and Strangford Lough.
Who is in the cast of Bloodlands?
At the moment only James Nesbitt has been announced to star in this new series as Detective Tom Brannick.
But as Jed Mercurio is involved, there is bound to be an all-star cast.
The BBC have said that further casting will be announced in due course.
What is Bloodlands about?
When a car containing a possible suicide note is pulled out of Strangford Lough, Northern Irish police detective Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) quickly connects it to an infamous cold case with enormous personal significance.
Bloodlands follows his dogged hunt for a legendary assassin.
Viewers will see an explosive cat-and-mouse game where the stakes have never been higher.
What has been said about Bloodlands?
Ina statement about the show, James Nesbitt said: “It’s great to be back making a drama in and about Northern Ireland, which now has a film and television industry as good as any in the world.
“We have compelling scripts from a brilliant young writer who was raised in County Down, which are very exciting and psychologically complex. I can’t wait to start.”
Writer Chris Brandon said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the first opportunity I get to tell a story on this scale, it is one that is so close to home and the people and places that raised me. On top of that, to be telling it with James Nesbitt, Jed Mercurio and the incredible team at HTM is a total privilege.”
Jed Mercurio, Executive Producer for HTM Television, said: “It’s been incredibly rewarding to discover Chris Brandon’s work and to witness the development of an outstanding new voice in contemporary television thriller writing, added to which everyone at HTM Television is honoured an actor of James Nesbitt’s brilliance will star in our debut production.”
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What is James Nesbitt’s background?
In 1996, James became a household name when he landed the part of Adam Williams, a womaniser who falls for a married woman, in new ITV comedy-drama Cold Feet.
He starred alongside Friends star Helen Baxendale as Rachel, who became Adam’s wife and then died in series five, around the time James was threatening to leave.
The success of the show, which came to an end in 2003, acted as a springboard for James.
From 2003 onwards James was all over TV, starring in Murphy’s Law, The Canterbury Tales and Jekyll.
He also landed roles in Danny Boyle’s movie Millions and Woody Allen’s Match Point.
Since 2016 he has reprised his role of Andy in the reboot of Cold Feet.