ITV has given the green-light to Chasing Shadows, a new 4 episode drama series which follows a police unit as they track down serial killers. The series will consist of two self contained two-part stories. Casting for the series is currently underway, with production set to commence in the South East in February 2014.
Created by Rob Williams, Chasing Shadows follows the exploits of a missing persons field unit which is charged with tracking down serial killers who prey on impressionable and vulnerable people. The unit is comprised of a number of police officers and staff including DS Sean Alexander, a man on a mission who is described as being both socially awkward and obsessed with deciphering codes and uncovering patterns of behaviour; Ruth Hattersley, Sean’s civilian partner who is a mean negotiator with keen analytical skills; DCI Carl Prior, Sean and Ruth’s boss; Bryan, Ruth’s son; and Adele, Sean’s housekeeper. ITV Studios is producing with Rob Bullock serving as the series producer and ITV Studios’ Francis Hopkinson serving as the executive producer. Ripper Street helmer Christopher Menaul is attached to direct the first two-part story.
“We’re delighted to be commissioning Chasing Shadows from ITV Studios,” said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, who commissioned the series alongside ITV’s Controller of Drama Victoria Fea. “It’s a crime drama, but not a typical one as it is based around a missing persons unit. And it introduces two very individual and exciting new characters who we’re very much looking forward to seeing. “
While Executive Producer Francis Hopkinson added: “Sean is an oddity He’s intense with a great deal of integrity and a gift for deciphering codes and patterns of behaviour. We’re looking forward to casting him, as he’s such a multi-layered character. The first story is also very interesting as it concentrates on the loneliness and isolation some people feel particularly in this multi-tech world. It’s very relevant subject matter for today.”