ITV has ordered a new three-part drama titled Prey, which is described as a thriller and hails from writer Chris Lunt and Red Production Company (whose drama series Scott & Bailey was just renewed for a fourth season). Production on the drama, which will star John Simm (Mad Dogs) in the leading role, is slated to commence on location in Manchester in October.
Created by television newcomer Lunt, Prey tells the story of a man on the run, desperate to clear his name for the sake of his family. When Detective Constable Marcus Farrow (John Simm), a well-liked copper with a wife and two kids, is found at the scene of a brutal crime his world starts to collapse. Arrested and charged, it seems Farrow’s fate is sealed. So when he gets the opportunity to escape, he seizes it with both hands. Now Farrow is on the run in Manchester. Detective Sergeant Susan Reinhardt is tasked with catching him, and so begins a high-stakes game of cat and mouse across the city. But Farrow is not just trying to evade capture. He is determined to find the truth – to get to the bottom of the crime of which he stands accused, and clear his name in the eyes of his family. As a wanted killer, Farrow has few allies. The only people he can turn to are his best friend DC Sean Devlin, and colleague DI Andrea Macgregor, but with Reinhardt breathing down his neck, Farrow knows he must be careful. With the clock ticking, will Farrow evade capture long enough to find the truth, or will Reinhardt get to him first? Red Production Company is producing the drama with Nicola Shindler serving as the executive producer. Nick Murphy is attached to direct.
“Chris Lunt is a very talented writer and we are delighted to have his debut serial on ITV,” said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, who commissioned the series. “He has created extremely vivid characters in Prey and we are very excited to have John Simm in the lead role.”
While Executive Producer Nicola Shindler added: “We’re attempting something different with Prey. It’s very fast-paced and to enhance the high octane qualities of Chris’s brilliant scripts we’ll be shooting essentially from the back of a transit van. It’s almost a guerrilla style technique, which will make Prey feel accessible and edgy with the ‘real’ factor. We’re confident re-defining how we shoot will heighten tension and create an added layer of intrigue to the drama.”