UKTV’s Alibi channel has handed out a six episode series order to Traces, an original drama based on an idea by best-selling crime writer Val McDermid which hails from Red Production Company. This marks the first original drama commission for Alibi.
Traces explores the world of SIFA, the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science, and follows Emma Hedges, Prof. Sarah Gordon and Prof. Kathy Torrance – who together will use the rigors of forensics to uncover the truth about an unsolved murder case. When 23-year-old Emma Hedges returns to Scotland to take up a new position as a lab assistant at SIFA, she signs up to a MOOC – Massive Online Open Course – which teaches the principles of forensic science.
But she soon discovers that the fictitious case study has a strikingly similar and shocking link to her past. As Emma’s sleuthing takes her into darker corners and unpicks more and more secrets, it becomes clear that she should trust no-one. It will be Sarah and Kathy’s exacting minds that reward Emma’s faith in the science that has fuelled her imagination and who will ultimately bring a killer to justice. Scott &Bailey creator Amelia Bulimore is penning the scripts for the series, which is being produced by Red Production Company. BBC Studios is handling international sales. The executive producers are Nicola Shindler for Red Production Company, Philippa Collie-Cousins for UKTV and Liam Keelan for BBC Studios.
“When the idea came over from Red it genuinely made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up”, said UKTV Drama Commissioner Philippa Collie Cousins, who commissioned the series alongside UKTV’s Head of Scripted Pete Thornton, UKTV’s Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham and UKTV’s Genre General Manager for Drama and Lifestyle Adrian Wills. “The fantastic writing talent in Amelia Bullmore coupled with Nicola Shindler and the team at Red will make Alibi’s first ever drama commission something really quite special. With strong female characters this is Happy Valley meets Silent Witness, a dark and exciting show that I can’t wait for us to get cracking on.”