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First Look: In The Dark

In The Dark is a new four-part drama by BAFTA-winning writer Danny Brocklehurst (Ordinary Lies, The Driver, Exile) for BBC One.

Adapted from the books by bestselling novelist Mark Billingham, In The Dark centres around the engaging and complex female detective Helen Weeks, played by MyAnna Buring (Ripper Street, Downton Abbey, The Twilight Saga).

In the first two-parter, directed by Gilles Bannier (The Tunnel, Spiral), Helen discovers she is pregnant, but before she can confront her tricky issue of whether the child is her partner Paul’s or the result of an affair, she is compelled to go back to her hometown when her best friend from school is drawn into the centre of a media storm – her husband has been arrested for the abduction of two young girls and in a world of 24-hour news and trial by media, the local cops are under enormous pressure to get their man. But is he the right man? Helen must solve the case by confronting both her present and her past – digging deep into the secrets of her childhood, just as she’s contemplating bringing a new life into the world.

In the second two-parter, directed by Ulrik Imtiaz Rolfsen (Taxi, Varg Veum) and based on the book In The Dark, a heavily pregnant Helen grapples with unexpected tragedy pulling her into a dangerous world of the grimy under-belly of urban Manchester and forcing herself to ask the question: even if you love someone, do you ever really know them completely? With new priorities and fragile hope for the future, can Helen make the world a better place for her unborn child?

MyAnna Buring will be joined by Ben Batt (The Go-Between, Shameless, From Darkness) as Paul Hopwood, her partner and a head strong Detective Inspector.

Further cast includes David Leon, Ashley Walters, Matt King, Clive Wood, Emma Fryer, Jamie Sives, Pearce Quigley, Georgia Moffett, Sinead Matthews and Jessica Gunning.

Characterful, darkly funny and with themes relevant to our times, In The Dark is an incredibly personal and engaging crime series. With visceral emotional dilemmas at the centre of the two crime stories, the series is anchored by Helen Weeks and her journey towards motherhood. Can she overcome childhood secrets and unexpected tragedy that befalls her to make the world a better place for her unborn child? Even if you love someone, do you ever really know them completely?

Author Mark Billingham said, “I am hugely thrilled that my stories are to be adapted for the screen and could not be more excited that it will be made by the BBC. The journey from page to screen can often be tricky for authors, but with the amazing BBC Drama North team at the helm, it’s one I cannot wait to embark on.”

Danny Brocklehurst added, “I’m delighted to be continuing my relationship with BBC One, bringing to life these wonderful Mark Billingham thrillers. For me, crime drama is only interesting when it is told through character and in Helen Weeks, Mark has created a brilliant central character: a ballsy, funny, outspoken police woman who finds herself on the cusp of motherhood and has to grudgingly accept the vulnerability that brings to her.

“The key theme of the drama – how well do we really know those closest to us? – is a theme I find endlessly fascinating, and the fact that Helen’s own life has secrets and duplicity makes the drama all the more interesting.”

Polly Hill, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning, commented, “The combination of Danny Brocklehurst’s incredible writing, Mark Billingham’s fantastic stories and BBC Drama North producing will ensure In The Dark is a contemporary and surprising drama for our BBC One audience.” Hilary Martin, Executive Producer and Head of BBC Drama North, added, “MyAnna Buring is an extraordinary talent, and we are excited to watch her bring Danny and Mark’s iconic character Helen Weeks to life. She is joined by a stellar cast and we can’t wait to share In The Dark with a BBC One audience.”

Don’t miss the first episode of In The Dark on Tuesday 11 July at 9pm on BBC One!


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