ITV Drama Preview and Q&A: McDonald & Dodds

ITV Drama Preview and Q&A: McDonald & Dodds

Thursday, 27 February, 2020
5.45pm for a 6pm start

Location

The Little Theatre
St Michael's Place
Bath
BA1 1SG
United Kingdom
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RTS West of England and ITV Drama present an exclusive screening of new detective drama McDonald & Dodds, shot in the West Country

McDonald & Dodds 
 
Starring BAFTA winner Jason Watkins (The Crown, The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies) and newcomer Tala Gouveia (Cold Feet), brand new detective drama, McDonald & Dodds, is a series of feature length crime mysteries comprising of two intriguing stories in its first outing. The series has been created and written by Robert Murphy (lead writer on DCI Banks) and is produced by Mammoth Screen, part of ITV Studios.
 
Set in Bath, McDonald & Dodds pairs the wildly ambitious DCI McDonald (Gouveia) with the shy and modest DS Dodds (Watkins). While McDonald has transferred from the mean streets of South London to leap up the career ladder, Dodds has happily languished on the shelf for most of his working life. McDonald is a tough, driven, battering ram of a cop who cracks cases through sheer force of will; Dodds – the tortoise to her hare – is quiet, unassuming and enigmatic. However, thrust back into frontline action for the first time in a decade, he discovers a hidden talent for deciphering puzzles. Two contemporary Britons, thrown together with seemingly with nothing in common, boss McDonald and loyal sidekick Dodds forge a rumbustious, entertaining and ultimately – give or take a few setbacks – effective partnership. 

With a classic crime story at its heart, McDonald & Dodds combines intriguing plots and the journey of two mismatched detectives with warmth and humour.

Age Before Beauty and Primeval actor James Murray also stars as Chief Superintendent John Houseman, alongside Pearl Chanda (Motherland, Endeavour) as DC Laura Simpson and Jack Riddiford (Poldark, Murder On The Orient Express) as DC Darren Craig. Guest actors appearing in the first episode, which will be screened on 27th February, include BAFTA, Tony and Oliver Award winner Robert Lindsay (Bounty Hunters), Ellie Kendrick (Game Of Thrones), Susannah Fielding (This Time With Alan Partridge), Rosalie Craig (Company) and Navin Chowdhry (Next Of Kin)/

McDonald & Dodds is executive produced by Robert Murphy and by Preethi Mavahalli and Damien Timmer for Mammoth Screen, and filmed on location in the West Country, as well as at The Bottle Yard Studios. Amy Thurgood has produced the series, whilst Richard Senior directed the first episode and Laura Scrivano the second. ITV’s Drama Commissioner, Huw Kennair Jones, has overseen production of the drama from the channel’s perspective.

The screening on 27th Feb starts at 6pm prompt, so please arrive for 5.45pm. The episode is 90 mins and will be followed by a brief Q&A with Robert Murphy (Creator, Writer, Exec Producer), Damien Timmer (Exec Producer), Jason Watkins (DS Dodds) and Amy Thurgood (Producer). Hosted by Lynn Barlow, Chair of RTS West of England.

No under 18s.

 

 

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