ITV has ordered a brand new political drama penned by Homeland writer Patrick Harbinson and produced by Poldark and Victoria indie Mammoth Screen
Fearless is a contemporary thriller about Emma Blunt, a solicitor with a reputation for defending lost causes. Starring Peaky Blinders actor Helen McCrory in the lead role, the show is described as "in the crash zone where law and politics collide.”
"The so-called War on Terror has put serious stress on the ordinary workings of the law. National security justifies all sorts of police and state over-reach – and the great majority of us are prepared to accept this," said Harbinson, who was a soldier before turning his hand to writing TV dramas.
"I wanted to create a character who challenges these assumptions, who fights for those outside the normal run of society, and who is uncompromising, difficult, and completely indifferent to unpopularity and danger. The result was Emma Blunt and Fearless."
Set in London and East Anglia, the story follows the case of a young girl killed in 2003. Blunt is defending the man she believes is wrongly accused of the murder. Determined to uncover the truth behind the case, she becomes embroiled in a police cover-up involving international intelligence agencies.
"When I was at drama school I was inspired by Prime Suspect, watching as Britain led the way in creating strong female characters to lead their dramas. I knew and admired Patrick Harbinson’s writing for Homeland." said McCrory, whose husband is ex-Homeland star Damien Lewis. "l'm thrilled to be leading ITV's new drama."
Fearless starts shooting in September.