Last month, TVWise broke the news that Tony Saint would not be returning as showrunner on the Sky1/Cinemax series Strike Back as he was developing a new 8 part “high octane” police drama series titled The Interceptor for BBC One. In announcing a wealth of other drama commissions, the BBC’s Controller of Drama confirmed that The Interceptor had been given a green-light for an 8 episode first season.
As previously reported, The Interceptor is based on the memoirs of former customs officer and SOCA agent Cameron Addicott and follows a “state of the art law enforcement team whose unswerving mission is to hunt down some of Britain’s most dangerous and ruthless criminals.” The unit depicted in the series is the same Alpha Projects Unit that Addicott was a member of before his retirement. The unit consisted of a group of dedicated undercover Customs officers who hunted the UK’s most dangerous criminals by extraordinary means. Those means included the interception of phone calls. From there the unit would use the intelligence to prevent these serious criminals from doing harm. Such operations included the prevention of murders, stopping large shipments of drugs and other illicit activities connected to organised crime. BBC Drama Production is producing with Sarah Brown serving as executive producer.