Channel 4 doesn’t do many crime dramas, but when it does you can guarantee they’ll be at least interesting. This year, the channel pumped out intriguing one-offs and a three-part series (National Treasure) that was superb. Now it has announced that another series, Born To Kill, has started filming and, what’s more, it has a fantastic pedigree both in front of the camera, and behind it.
Born to Kill is made by Line of Duty producers World Productions and has started filming in Cardiff, Wales. It stars Romola Garai and Daniel Mays as the single parents of two out-of-control teens, and it’s written by Tracey Malone (Rillington Place) and first time TV writer and BIFA-nominated actress Kate Ashfield.
The four-part thriller is a haunting exploration of the mind of Sam, played by newcomer Jack Rowan, a teenager who’s on the verge of acting out hidden psychopathic desires. He lives with his protective mum Jenny (Garai), a geriatric nurse, and thinks his dad died in a car crash…
While working at the local hospital, Jenny meets the charming Bill (Daniel Mays). New to town with his moody teenage daughter Chrissy, played by rising star Lara Peake, Bill’s trying to reconnect with his elderly mother Margaret (Elizabeth Counsell). Just as Jenny and Bill start to hit it off, their kids meet at school and also form an instant attraction. Sam feels like he’s finally met someone that he can relate to, but does she really share his desire… to kill?
At the same time, Jenny learns that her ex, Sam’s dad, a violent man named Peter (Richard Coyle), is nearing his parole date. Jenny must now face telling her son that not only is his father alive, he’s also a convicted murderer.
As this menacing four-part drama unfolds, decades of deceit unravels as Jenny, Sam and Peter’s long buried past comes back to haunt the fractured family. Will Jenny discover, despite her best efforts, that Sam and his dad are more alike than she could have ever imagined?
Sounds really great. More news as I get it…