ITV has given the green-light to Loch Ness, a six-part murder mystery thriller series from Stephen Brady and ITV Studios which is set against the back-drop of the iconic Scottish loch.
Loch Ness tells the story of Detective Annie Cathro who must deal with her first murder case when the body of local man Niall Swift is found at the foot of Carn Mohr Mountain and an isolated human heart washes up on the loch shore. Forensic profiler Blake Albrighton will assist on the case offering insights borne from the last four cases he’s helped crack with his distinctive way of working.
“Loch Ness is a gripping, tightly-plotted drama which focuses on how a serial killer terrifies a local community,” said ITV’s Controller of Drama Victoria Fea, who commissioned Loch Ness alongside ITV’s Head of Drama Series Jane Hudson. “Stephen Brady’s compelling scripts utilise the wilderness of Loch Ness perfectly.”
Laura Fraser (Houdini & Doyle, The Missing), Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley, Benidorm) and John Sessions (Upstart Crow, The Rack Pack) lead the cast of the six-episode series. Don Gilet (Brief Encounters, EastEnders), Gray O’Brien (The Daniel Connection, Titanic: Blood and Steel) and William Ash (The Tunnel, Death in Paradise) also star.
Loch Ness is set up at ITV’s sister company ITV Studios and was penned by Vera scribe Stephen Brady. Alan J. Wands is the series producer, while ITV Studios Creative Director for Drama Tim Haines will serve as the executive producer. Downton Abbey helmer Brian Kelly is the lead director. Cilla Ware will also direct the series. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will handle global sales. Production on the series, which is being supported by Creative Scotland’s Production Growth Fund, began last week.