BBC One has given the green-light to Trust Me, a four-part medical themed drama set in Edinburgh which hails from Dan Sefton and Red Production Company, TVWise has learned.
“Dan Sefton’s contemporary character led thriller for BBC One is an absorbing story about one woman’s attempt to start a new life”, said Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content. “Set and filmed in Edinburgh, the series continues our commitment to boosting and invigorating drama in Scotland.”
Trust Me tells the story of Cathy, a hardworking and skilled nurse, who, having lost her job for whistleblowing, is forced to take drastic measures to provide for her daughter. Out of desperation, she seizes the opportunity to steal her best friend’s identity as a senior doctor and start a new life in Edinburgh. Burying herself deeper and deeper in the imposter persona, she realises she really could get everything she ever wanted – the job, the man, the dream – but with her old life threatening to destroy her fragile creation, how far will she go to protect it?
The four-parter was created by Dan Sefton, who will pen all four scripts, and forms part of the BBC’s commitment to boosting and invigorating drama in the Nations. Red Production Company is producing, with Emily Feller serving as the series producer. The executive producers are Nicola Shindler for RED Production Company and Gaynor Holmes for BBC Scotland. Production is set to commence in and around Edinburg later this year. Red’s parent company StudioCanal will handle global distribution
Sefton, represented by Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, has a medical background and has written extensively for such medical dramas as Holby City and Doctors. He is perhaps best known for co-creating the short-lived Sky Living comedy series Gates. NBC took a stab at adapting that comedy for the US market in 2013, ordering a pilot from 20th Century Fox Television under the title The Gates, but they ultimately passed and it never went to series. He is also behind ITV’s medical drama The Good Karma Hospital, which is now filming for a 2017 premiere.
“Having worked in the NHS for most of my adult life, I know only too well that it provides the perfect setting for a contemporary drama – the characters, the (often literal) pain – as well as the affection and dedication of staff”, Sefton said in a statement. “Trust Me shows all of that but its central story is Cathy, a decent, honourable woman who, when everything is falling apart, takes a huge risk in search of a better life. A life that she will fiercely protect.”
Trust Me is one of several new drama projects that announced yesterday by the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore at the Edinburgh International TV Festival. Also in the pipeline for BBC One is Bodyguard, a six-part series about the Met’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch from Line Of Duty creator Jed Mercurio; divorce lawyer drama The Split from Abi Morgan and Jane Featherstone; and an adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s Noughts & Crosses.