James Nesbitt starring in new Northern Irish crime drama from creator of Line of Duty and Bodyguard
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James Nesbitt starring in new Northern Irish crime drama from creator of Line of Duty and Bodyguard

JAMES NESBITT is starring in a new crime drama set in Northern Ireland which is being produced by the creator of Line of Duty and The Bodyguard.

Bloodlands is set to be broadcast on BBC One and will follow a cat-and-mouse chase between the authorities and an infamous assassin.

The series is set to touch on the lasting legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland with filming sue to take place in Belfast and Strangford Lough.

It’s being written by Chris Brandon and produced by HTM Television, the production company of Jed Mercurio, the creator of The Bodyguard and Line of Duty.

Commenting on the announcement, Nesbitt said: “It’s great to be back making a drama in and about Northern Ireland, which now has a film and television industry as good as any in the world.

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“We have compelling scripts from a brilliant young writer who was raised in County Down, which are very exciting and psychologically complex. I can’t wait to start.”

Brandon previously served as a writer on the TV3 police drama series Red Rock and is currently adapting the novel Rock Creek Park for television.

Mercurio, who is executive producer on the show, added: “It’s been incredibly rewarding to discover Chris Brandon’s work and to witness the development of an outstanding new voice in contemporary television thriller writing, added to which everyone at HTM Television is honoured an actor of James Nesbitt’s brilliance will star in our debut production.”

Further casting will be announced in the coming months.