EXCLUSIVE: Sophie Rundle (Shetland) has been cast as the lead in Sky Living’s two-part crime drama Talking To The Dead, TVWise has learned exclusively.
Rundle has been cast as Fiona Griffiths, a Detective Constable on her first murder case. Syrus Lowe (Doctors) has been cast opposite Rundle as Detective Sergeant Carl Richards. According to my sources, other key cast members include Russell Tovey (What Remains), Keith Allen (The Body Farm), Christine Tremarco (Casualty) and Michael Smiley (Utopia). Lois Winstone (Traveller), Adrian Schiller (The Bible) and Ivana Basic (Casualty) are also set to appear in the two-part drama in guest roles.
Based on the novel of the same name by Harry Bingham, Talking To The Dead follows Fiona Griffiths, a newly qualified detective on her first murder case, who may be set to find out that enthusiasm can prove deadly. In the novel, the case in question is the chillingly brutal murder of woman and her six-year-old daughter who are killed in a dingy flat, but I understand that in this adaptation the murder that occurs is that of a prostitute. The two-part drama was adapted by Gwyneth Hughes and is being produced by Bonafide Films and Warp Films. The executive producers are Robin Gutch and Margery Bone. China Moo-Young is directing.
Talking To The Dead forms part of Sky Living’s new Reckless Season, a strand similar to the channel’s previously announced Love Matters and Sky1′s Little Crackers which will showcase a number of one-off dramas that are also serving as backdoor pilots. Such strands are considered an effective way of piloting potential new series and have thus far led to a full series order for Moone Boy, Sky1’s sitcom which was initally piloted as an episode of Little Crackers.