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Adrian Lester joins Vicky Mcclure in ITV’s Trigger Point, written by screenwriting newcomer, Daniel Brierley, and produced by Jed Mercurio’s HTM Television

Adrian Lester will star alongside Vicky McClure in new ITV drama Trigger Point which will turn the spotlight on counter terrorism policing and the extraordinary work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad.

 

Written by Daniel Brierley and produced by HTM Television, Trigger Point, is a high-octane six-part thriller series which focuses on the officers who risk their lives daily on ‘the long walk’ towards danger. For them, death is always just a heartbeat away.

 

Vicky McClure (Line of Duty, I Am Nicola) plays front line officer Lana Washington, who is an experienced bomb disposal operative, known as an ‘Expo’ and Adrian Lester (Life, Trauma) plays Joel Nutkins, who works alongside her. Both ex-military, the pair are close, having served together in Afghanistan.

 

When a terrorist campaign threatens the capital over the summer, the Expos are at the forefront of urgent efforts to find out who is behind the bombings before fatalities escalate…..

 

Further cast includes Mark Stanley (Honour) as DI Thom Youngblood, Warren Brown (Luther) as Karl Maguire, Kerry Godliman (After Life) as Sonya Reeves, Cal MacAninch (Des) as Lee Robins SCO19, Manjinder Virk (Midsomer Murders) as Samira Desai SO15 and Ralph Ineson (The Capture) as Commander Bregman.

I’m really looking forward to partnering with Vicky on this great new series. Jed Mercurio’s material is always great. This series is ambitious and challenging which is why it’s exciting to be a part of the team. Adrian Lester

Trigger Point has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill, who will oversee production from the channel’s perspective.

 

Jed Mercurio will executive produce the drama alongside Jimmy Mulville (Derry GirlsBloodlands, Flack) Mark Redhead (The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, Bodies, Bloodlands) and Jessica Sharkey (Derry GirlsBloodlands) for HTM Television, with Julia Stannard (Vanity Fair, War and Peace, The Great Train Robbery) producing. It will be directed by Gilles Bannier (Marcella, Tin StarSpiral) and Jennie Darnell (Line of Duty, Holby City, Death in Paradise).

 

HTM Television is co-owned by Jed Mercurio and Hat Trick Productions. Jed is best known for creating and writing Line of Duty, Bodyguard, Critical, and Bodies. Mark Redhead is currently executive producing, Stephen, for ITV, which is the sequel to The Murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Trigger Point is Daniel Brierley’s debut television drama commission. He is a screenwriter with several short films to his credit including My Face Is In SpaceCheckpoint and Graceland

ITV commissions contemporary detective drama, Ridley, starring Adrian Dunbar, written by RTS award winning writer Paul Matthew Thompson and produced by West Road Pictures

ITV today announced commission of detective drama, Ridley, starring Adrian Dunbar in the leading role.

 

Ridley is written and created by Paul Matthew Thompson, one of the lead writers of ITV’s iconic detective drama, Vera, and co-created by Jonathan Fisher (Blood, Hollington Drive, Penance), Managing Director of West Road Pictures.  Both will act as Executive Producers.

 

Adrian Dunbar is best known for his role as Ted Hastings in Line of Duty.

Commented Adrian Dunbar:
 

“I don’t think I’ve ever headed into a production with more excitement and enthusiasm. As an actor I know how rare it is to be given such a wonderful opportunity, and the combination of Polly Hill and Chloe Tucker at ITV and Jonathan Fisher at West Road Pictures means we are in both safe and creative hands.

 

Jonathan and I worked closely together on the very successful series Blood, and I'm confident we can bring some of that magic to Ridley. Here’s to getting the team together and developing a show that audiences can find both entertaining and engaging.”

 

Each of the 4 x 120’ films will be produced by West Road Pictures with Paul Matthew Thompson writing episodes one, two and four and Julia Gilbert (Agatha Raisin, Midsomer Murders) writing episode three.

I couldn’t be happier to be getting started on Ridley, as we continue to build the West Road production slate with our second commission for ITV. We’re so excited to be teaming up once again with the inimitable Adrian Dunbar, bringing to life Paul Matthew Thompson’s characterful and engaging scripts. ITV has a fine tradition of nurturing much-loved detective series, and it’s a real privilege to be bringing Ridley to the channel. Jonathan Fisher

The series will introduce us to charismatic Detective Inspector Alex Ridley, who is retiring from the police after years of dedicated service. After twenty-five years as a homicide copper, Ridley has been nudged out of the job he loves. But the prospect of retirement is not a particularly welcome one as he's been cut off in his prime. 

 

Ridley’s replacement is Acting DI Carol Farman, his former protégée whom Ridley mentored for many years. When he's enlisted by Carol as a police consultant on a complex and compelling murder case, the investigation takes a dark and unexpected turn. Turning to her old mentor for support, Carol is keen to access Ridley’s unique insight into crime-solving which has served them so well in the past.

 

With more intriguing cases to solve, Ridley will be enticed out of retirement into his former role, reviving his formidable and successful partnership with Carol. 

 

Inspired by real life retired detectives re-joining police forces in a consultancy role given increasingly over-stretched resources, Ridley will explore thought provoking crime stories in an original and distinctive way.

We are absolutely delighted that Adrian Dunbar will be starring as the retired DI Ridley, a man who cannot leave police work behind. We are excited to be working with West Road Pictures again, and to be bringing Paul Matthew Thompson’s brilliant scripts to screen. Chloe Tucker

Ridley has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill, with Drama Commissioner, Chloe Tucker overseeing production of the drama from the channel’s perspective.

 

Ridley will begin filming later this autumn and details of further casting and key production personnel will be advised closer to filming commencing.

 

RTS Award winning writer, Paul Matthew Thompson, is also known for writing and creating Shakespeare and Hathaway – Private Investigators, and for his work on the Father Brown series.

 

West Road Pictures is the production company launched by Jonathan Fisher in 2019. An All3Media company, West Road are currently in production on Hollington Drive for ITV. Since launching, West Road have also produced a second series of award-winning Blood, starring Adrian Dunbar, and Penance. Jonathan is a former executive producer of Midsomer Murders, responsible for leading the world famous brand into its landmark 20th series.

 

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