ITV1 has ordered a new three part crime drama from former Waking The Dead writer Declan Croghan. Life of Crime tells the story of an officer within London’s Metropolitan Police Service who is obsessed with tracking down the killer of a teenage girl.
Life of Crime revolves around a female police officer named Denise Woods. Set across a span of three decades (beginning with the Brixton Riots of 1985), the drama follows Denise as she rises through the ranks of the Metropolitan Police Service. She initially struggles in an extremely male-orientated profession where sexism is rife and female officers must fight to be accepted. But as dawn breaks one September morning, Denise accompanies DS Ray Deans to a crime scene to discover the bruised, battered and strangled body of teenager Anna. Having had a previous encounter with the teenager, Denise is determined to bring Anna’s killer to justice. Denise works against the clear instruction and advice of her senior officers and follows her own lines of enquiry as the circumstances of Anna’s murder aren’t what they first appear. As the enquiry progresses Denise’s fervor for the case leads her to fall foul of her senior officer, DCI Ferguson. Leading to the question what does it take to make a modern police officer, and what will that police office sacrifice to catch a killer?
The three part drama is a co-production between Ecosse Films & Ireland’s Octagon Films and stars Hayley Atwell (Captain America). All three episodes were written by Croghan, with Douglas Rae serving as executive producer and Jim Loach on board as director. Production is due to commence in November on location in Brixton and Dublin. “Life of Crime is an original and powerful thriller with a brilliant central character,” said Laura Mackie, ITV’s Director of Drama. “Declan’s scripts vividly capture the changing face of policing over three decades and I’m so pleased that we have an actress of Hayley’s calibre in the lead role.”