The BBC is re-teaming with Anthony Horowitz.
BBC One has handed out a seven episode series order to New Blood, a new contemporary cop drama from Foyle’s War creator Anthony Horowitz which “sets out to show a unique side of modern London, through the eyes of two outsiders”, TVWise has learned.
New Blood tells the story of two young police investigators, Stefan and Rash, who work for two different law enforcement divisions and are suddenly brought together by two seemingly unrelated cases. They soon find themselves coming up against the uber rich and powerful who hide behind legitimate facades and are guarded by lawyers.
Anthony Hororwitz, whose long list of credits include Foyle’s War, Poirot and Injustice, created the series and is penning the scripts, marking the first time that he has worked with the BBC on a drama project since Murder In Mind in the early 2000s. Independent production company Eleventh Hour Films is producing, with Horowitz and Jill Green serving as executive producers.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Anthony Horowitz back to the BBC”, said BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore, who commissioned the series alongside the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson. “In New Blood he has created a contemporary crime series that will take BBC One viewers into a modern and complex world, one that moves the genre into exciting new territory.”
“For a long time I’ve been wondering how to take a fresh approach to crime drama and I hope that with New Blood I’ve succeeded. This is a show about the so-called Y generation – young people starting out in their careers, the powerless against the powerful”, added Horowitz. “It’s so refreshing to be writing about two central characters who are still in their late twenties and 21st century London is the perfect setting. Ben Stephenson has been hugely supportive and I’m delighted to be back at the BBC.”