The beautiful, haunting shores of Scotland’s most iconic loch is the stunning backdrop for new six-part drama, The Loch, to be produced by ITV Studios.
Laura Fraser (The Missing, Peter & Wendy), Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley) and John Sessions (Upstart Crow, The Rack Pack) will take leading roles in the new series.
In a community nourished and sustained by myth and bordered by untamed nature, the search for a serial killer becomes a matter of life and death for local detective Annie Cathro who is trying to cope with her first murder case. When the body of local man Niall Swift is found at the foot of Carn Mohr Mountain and an isolated human heart on the loch shore, the town’s normality is shattered and the nightmare begins. Chillingly, the beautiful scenery, undulating Highlands and vast expansive loch becomes a character in it’s own right adding a haunting depth to the community’s plight.
Written by Stephen Brady (Fortitude, Vera, Silent Witness), The Loch will introduce Annie and her family – husband Alan, a tour boat operator on the loch and their only child Evie, who at 18, is about to leave home for Australia. The Cathro’s are an ordinary loving family with an ordinary set of problems, yet the pressure of a murder investigation will undermine their stability and create tensions that threaten to disrupt and destroy their lives together.
Within the tightly knit community, several local characters will come under suspicion as the monster lurking in their midst begins to terrify and rock the village to its core. Forensic profiler, Blake Albrighton, will assist on the case offering insights borne from the last four cases he’s helped crack with his distinctive way of working.
Executive Producer Tim Haines commented: “Serial killers are monsters that lie beneath the surface of normal happy communities. Where better to hunt for one than in a place that has thrived off its own monster myth for centuries – Loch Ness.”
The Loch sounds like it has all the winning elements that made Broadchurch so watchable. More news when we have it!