EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Brian Welsh has signed on to direct BBC One’s upcoming serial drama The Escape Artist. Welsh, who started in the industry as an editor, has most recently helmed the five part drama series Mayday for BBC One and Kudos Film & TV. Welsh’s previous directing credits include Kin, In Our Name and Channel 4’s Black Mirror.
Written by Spooks scribe David Wolstencroft and produced by Endor Productions, The Escape Artist is a three-part serial which forms part of BBC One’s recently announced drama line up for 2013. The drama revolves around Will Burton, a talented junior barrister of peerless intellect and winning charm who specialises in spiriting people out of tight legal corners. He is in high demand as he has never lost a case. But when his talents acquit the notorious prime suspect in an horrific murder trial, that brilliance comes back to bite him with unexpected and chilling results, not to mention a shocking twist in the tale. Hilary Bevan Jones and Paul Frift are producing, the executive producer is Matthew Read. Casting for The Escape Artist is currently underway, with a projected 2013 production start date.