ITV commissions Loch Ness serial killer drama

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ITV_logo_2013.svgI know what you’re thinking, but no – this isn’t a series about a mythical monster killing people. ITV has this morning released details of a new six-parter that uses as its backdrop one of the most iconic lochs in the country. It’s an intriguing idea and, with a strong cast and a writer that has previous when it comes to mythical, strange stories (as well as top-ranking procedurals), this could be one to watch.

Laura Fraser, Siobhan Finneran and John Sessions will take leading roles in the new series alongside Don Gilet, Gray O’Brien and William Ash.

In a community nourished and sustained by myth and bordered by untamed nature, the search for a serial killer becomes a matter of life and death for local detective Annie Cathro who is trying to cope with her first murder case. When the body of local man Niall Swift is found at the foot of Carn Mohr Mountain and an isolated human heart on the loch shore, the town’s normality is shattered and the nightmare begins.  Chillingly, the beautiful scenery, undulating Highlands and vast expansive loch becomes a character in it’s own right adding a haunting depth to the community’s plight.

Written by Stephen Brady (Fortitude, Vera, Silent Witness) and overseen by ITV Studios Creative Director for Drama and Executive Producer Tim Haines (Beowulf, Primeval, Sinbad), Loch Ness will introduce Annie and her family – husband Alan, a tour boat operator on the loch and their only child Evie, who at 18, is about to leave home for Australia. The Cathro’s are an ordinary loving family with an ordinary set of problems, yet the pressure of a murder investigation will undermine their stability and create tensions that threaten to disrupt and destroy their lives together.

Within the tightly knit community, several local characters will come under suspicion as the monster lurking in their midst begins to terrify and rock the village to its core. Forensic profiler, Blake Albrighton, will assist on the case offering insights borne from the last four cases he’s helped crack with his distinctive way of working.

Loch Ness is filming right now.

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