We’ve known for a while that best-selling crime writer Mark Billingham’s stand-alone novel, In The Dark, had been adapted for TV by Danny Brocklehurst (who’s a busy boy at the moment), and now we have not only more information, but also a cast to go with it. Whenever one of our premiere crime dramas get something adapted for TV it’s an exciting time and, even though, this has nothing to do with Tom Thorne – arguably his most popular crime character – this four-part thriller looks interesting.
The series will star MyAnna Buring (Ripper Street, Downton Abbey, The Twilight Saga) as Helen Weeks, a feisty yet fragile detective. She will be joined by Ben Batt (The Go Between, Shameless, From Darkness) as Paul Hopwood, her partner and a head strong Detective Inspector.
Further cast confirmed include David Leon, Ashley Walters, Matt King, Clive Wood, Emma Fryer, Jamie Sives, Pearce Quigley, Georgia Moffett, Sinead Matthews and Jessica Gunning.
Characterful, darkly funny and with themes relevant to our times, In The Dark is an ‘incredibly personal and engaging crime series’ says the BBC. With visceral emotional dilemmas at the centre of the two crime stories, the series is anchored by Helen Weeks and her journey towards motherhood. Can she overcome childhood secrets and unexpected tragedy that befalls her to make the world a better place for her unborn child? Even if you love someone, do you ever really know them completely?
In the first three episodes, she travels back to her hometown to support an old school-friend whose husband has been accused of abduction and murder. In the final episodes, a heavily pregnant Helen has to deal with a personal tragedy which she discovers is connected to a series of gang killings.
Expect this in the autumn.