BBC One has rounded out the cast for New Blood.
Mark Addy (Atlantis) and Anna Chancellor have been tapped for co-starring roles opposite series leads Mark Strepan (The Mill) and Ben Tavassoli (No Offence) in the seven episode contemporary cop drama from Foyle’s War creator Anthony Horowitz, TVWise has learned.
New Blood tells the story of two young police investigators, Stefan (Strepan) and Rash (Tavassoli), 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.
Mark Addy will play DS Derek Sands, an experienced detective who has found himself left behind by younger and more ambitious officers and his professional and personal bitterness causes problems for Rash who’s trying to learn from him. “There’s nothing better than an Anthony Horowitz crime story, and New Blood had me hooked from the first read of the script”, Addy said. “I’m looking forward to playing the rough and cynical character of Derek Sands.”
Anna Chancellor has been cast as Eleanor Davies, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office and Stefan’s overall boss. Clever, tough, pragmatic and aware that her job is an impossible one, she relishes her work but her personal life is not a happy one. “It’s brilliant to be part of New Blood and to be playing the fierce Eleanor”, she said. “I’ve long admired Anthony Horowitz’s work and look forward to bringing his modern and exciting script to screen.”
Rounding out the cast of New Blood is Ariyon Bakare (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Dancing on the Edge), Kimberley Nixon (Critical, Fresh Meat), Mark Bonnar (Line of Duty, Shetland) Aiysha Hart (Atlantis, Line Of Duty) and Dorian Lough (Peaky Blinders, The Smoke). “Eleventh Hour Films is thrilled to be working on a drama that offers a fresh way into crime, with such a surprising, diverse and exceptionally talented cast”, said executive producer Jill Green.
Foyle’s War creator Anthony Horowitz created New Blood, which is his first series for the BBC since Murder In Mind in the early 2000s and “sets out to show a unique side of modern London, through the eyes of two outsiders”. Independent production company Eleventh Hour Films is producing, with Horowitz, Jill Green and Matthew Read serving as executive producers. Eve Gutierrez is the series producer, while Anthony Philipson is attached to direct. Production on the series is now underway for a 2016 premiere.