EXCLUSIVE: ITV has given the green-light to Innocent, a four part thriller starring Hermione Norris (Spooks, In The Club) and Lee Ingleby (Inspector George Gently, The A Word) which hails from Unforgotten scribe Chris Lang, Matt Arlidge and their production company TXTV, TVWise has learned.
“Innocent is a contemporary relationship drama with a thriller pulse”, said ITV’s Controller of Drama Victoria Fea, who commissioned Innocent, which is envisioned as a one-off drama “Chris and Matt’s scripts have created an intense web of characters with interwoven lives – with a seemingly ordinary husband and father at its heart.”
Innocent tells the story of David Collier who, having been convicted of murdering his wife Tara, has served seven years in prison. He’s always protested his innocence and faces the rest of his life behind bars. With the support of his brother, David appeals the conviction and to his utter astonishment is acquitted on a technicality. Although suspicion still hangs heavy over him, he is free to walk from court and to begin the long road to rebuilding his life and to restore his reputation. But at what cost to him personally and those around him?
Lee Ingleby leads the cast as David Collier; while Hermione Norris takes on the role of Alice, Tara’s sister who has been raising Matt’s children while he has been in prison. Other cast members include Daniel Ryan (Mount Pleasant) as David’s brother Phil; Angel Coulby (The Tunnel) as DI Cathy Hudson; Nigel Lindsay (Victoria) as DCI William Beach; Elliott Cowan (Da Vinci’s Demons) asTom Wilson, David’s best friend who reneged on his alibi on the night of Tara’s murder; and Adrian Rowlins (Dickensian) as Alice’s husband Rob.
Chris Lang created the thriller and is penning the scripts for the four episodes alongside Matt Arlidge. TXTV – the production company that was launched the better part of a decade ago by Lang, Matt Arlidge and Jeremy Gwilt – is producing, with Lang, Arlidge and Gwilt serving as the executive producer. Midwinter Of The Spirit and Outlander helmer Richard Clark is attached to direct. Production gets underway this month for a 2017 premiere.
This commission keeps Chris Lang in the ITV fold. The writer created the channel’s cold case drama Unforgotten, which is currently in production on a second season; and also penned Dark Heart, an adaptation of Adam Creed’s Wagstaffe novel Suffer the Children starring Tom Riley which is being produced for ITV’s pay channel ITV Encore. He has also been behind such previous ITV dramas as Undeniable and A Mother’s Son.