Philip Barantini

Philip Barantini and Rebecca Ferguson on the making of Boiling Point

Is there something in the water in Huyton? Following in the footsteps of Alan Bleasdale (Boys from the Blackstuff), and Tony Schumacher (The Responder), director Philip Barantini is the latest television talent from the streets of this Liverpool town, with his new BBC One four-parter Boiling Point.

It is a rollercoaster slice-of-life drama, set in the kitchen and front-of-house of a new high-end London restaurant, and Barantini described its unusual journey to the small screen.

ITV commissions medical thriller Malpractice

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Directed by Philip Barantini (Boiling Point) and produced by World Productions (Line of Duty, Save Me), the cat and mouse thriller tells the story of a damaged doctor caught up in a dangerous conspiracy.  

The series stars RTS-Award nominee Niamh Algar (The Virtues) as Dr Lucinda Edwards, a battle-hardened doctor whose career is derailed after a nightmare shift ends in the death of an opioid overdose victim, Edith Owusu.