ITV specialises in those short, intense three or four-part stories seemingly off a never-ending production line. Now the network has commissioned another crime drama series, but this time six-parter. The Level is being produced by BAFTA award-winning indie Hillbilly Television (Second Coming, Random, Holy Flying Circus) and is written by Gaby Chiappe (Shetland, Vera, Lark Rise to Candleford) and Alex Perrin (Leonardo, Shetland). So what’s it all abaaaht?
Detective Sergeant Nancy Devlin has a secret. She’s living a double life. Nancy’s exemplary police career masks a covert attachment to shady businessman and drugs trafficker, Frank Le Saux. Inextricably linked to Frank from childhood as the father of her best friend, Hayley and the father figure she herself craved, Nancy has been playing a dangerous game – ensuring that Frank always remains off the police radar. When Frank is murdered Nancy finds herself at the centre of an investigation which will put her at risk of exposure and see her stalked by a killer intent on destroying her.
And here’s more from ITV:
Intuitive, sharp-witted, and passionate Nancy is a good cop with a fine reputation amongst colleagues at the National Crime Agency. Yet beneath the surface her family background has left her vulnerable. Seconded to Sussex Homicide in Brighton when career criminal Frank Le Saux is brutally murdered, Nancy is too close to the case. Frank has been a father figure and mentor throughout her career and Nancy holds vital clues to his murderer. But how much can she reveal to her colleagues without incriminating herself? And when his daughter Hayley comes back into her life, will they be able to pick up their friendship?
Locked in a lethal stalking game whilst walking a knife-edge to avoid the constant danger of exposure, Nancy learns some painful truths about her upbringing and her father Gil, an abusive, alcoholic ex-policeman. Caught up in Frank’s world, Nancy becomes embroiled in a murky underbelly of crime. As both the hunter and the hunted, Nancy struggles to face the reality of her situation and is desperate to do the right thing. Her complicated love life and relationships with her colleagues creates further tension as she doesn’t know who she can trust…..literally with her life.
The series will start filming in That London and Brighton in spring, although there isn’t any casting announcements as of yet. More news when we get it.