crime drama

ITV has commissioned new crime drama The Yorkshire Ripper

The true crime drama, written by George Kay, will uncover the shocking cat and mouse hunt for Peter Sutcliffe, also known as The Yorkshire Ripper, which was one of the biggest manhunts in British history.

The hunt for the Sutcliffe took place between October 1975 and January 1981, involving thousands of police officers and forever changed the British police force.

The six-part series is based on the book Wicked Beyond Belief: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper by Michael Bilton and is produced by New Pictures.

Detective drama McDonald & Dodds will return for a second series

 Tala Gouveia and Jason Watkins (Credit: ITV)

Set in Bath, the series stars Tala Gouveia as the ambitious and determined DCI McDonald and Jason Watkins as the humble yet resourceful DS Dodds, with the new series seeing them tackle three new murder mysteries.

DCI McDonald was transferred from the Met Police in London and her fiery spirit is at odds with the modest DS Dodds, who is happy to work away in the background and avoid the spotlight.

Despite having nothing in common, they make an excellent crime-fighting duo and act as the ying to the other person's yang.

Alibi acquires new drama The Diplomat

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Written by Ben Richards and produced by World Productions, The Diplomat sees Laura Simmonds team up with her colleague and friend at the Barcelona Consul Alba Ortiz, to help protect British nationals who get themselves into trouble in the city.

Simmonds and Ortiz take on the roles of lawyer, counsellor and cop as they try to handle the stream of problems they face.

Alibi commissions new crime drama Stumptown

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Written by Jason Richman, the series has been adapted from the graphic novel series of the same name created by Greg Rucka.

The series is set in Stumptown, a nickname for the city of Portland, and focuses on quick-witted former army veteran turned private investigator Dex Parios (Cobie Smulders), who is suffering from PTSD.

Parios deals with the cases that the police can’t get involved in and her intelligence and drive to do the right thing sees her excel at her job, but her reckless nature and tendency to ignore the rules frequently gets her into trouble.

Flesh and Blood creators talk about the making of ITV's new drama

Left to right: Louise Hooper, Kate Bartlett, Sarah Williams and Emma Bullimore (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Sarah Williams, who had previously gained renown for adaptations and had never before written a TV thriller, was focused on the love/hate family dynamic before a conversation with Silverprint Pictures creative director Kate Bartlett who had asked her to come up with an idea for a joint project.

“At the start, I wanted to get to the heart of that thing you have with your family, where you’re full of love and support for them, but they can also wind you up and find your weak points,” Williams told an RTS Q&A session following an exclusive screening of the first episode.

New crime drama Miss Scarlet and The Duke to air on Alibi

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Set in nineteenth century London, Miss Scarlet and The Duke chronicles the adventures of the first ever female detective in Victorian London.

Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders) plays the headstrong Eliza Scarlet who is left penniless when her father dies and marriage is her only hope of financial security.

Determined to provide for herself, Scarlet takes over her father’s detective agency, but soon realises she needs a partner if she is to operate in this man’s world.

BBC announces new legal drama Showtrial

The six-part series focuses on a trial that grips the nation and is at the centre of a media storm, putting a harsh spotlight on the victim, the accused and both their families.

The trial explores the disappearance of Hannah Ellis, a hard-working student and daughter of a single mum.

Following her disappearance, Talitha Campbell, an arrogant daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur, is arrested and charged as the perpetrator.

Jenna Coleman joins new BBC and Netflix crime drama The Serpent

Jenna Coleman, Billy Howle, Ellie Bamber (Credit: BBC)

They join Tahar Rahim (The Looming Tower) who will play real life serial killer Charles Sobhraj, one of the most evasive criminals of the 20th century.

The series, written by Richard Warlow and Toby Finlay, follows Sobhraj’s murderous spree, which was estimated to have taken place between 1975 and 1976 across India, Thailand and Nepal’s ‘Hippie Trail’.

He was the chief suspect in almost 20 unsolved murders of young Western travellers during this time and by 1976 was Interpol’s most wanted man, with arrest warrants on three different continents.