First Image: Stephen Merchant In BBC One’s ‘The Barking Murders’

BBC One has released a first look image of Stephen Merchant (Extras, The Office) in character as Stephen Port from their upcoming three-part factual drama The Barking Murders.

The Barking Murders will go beneath the headlines of the Stephen Port case to shed new light on this story by telling it from the point of view of the families of the victims, focusing on their fight to uncover the truth about what had happened to their lost sons and brothers in the face of a now widely criticised police investigation.

The three-parter, which was penned by Neil McKay, is produced by ITV Studios and stars Sheridan Smith, Stephen Merchant, Jaime Winstone, Rufus Jones, Stephanie Hyam, Leanne Best, Samuel Barnett and Robert Emms. Care helmer David Blair is the director, while Serena Cullen is the series producer. The executive producers are McKay, ITV Studios Head of Factual Drama Jeff Pope and the BBC’s Lucy Richer. BritBox are co-producing for the US market.

“This is a story that can’t be ignored – how four young lives were lost and their families’ brave attempt to uncover what happened”, Stephen Merchant said in a statement when his casting was first announced back in February. “This factual drama will shed light on their story, so it’s a privilege to be a part of telling it with the brilliant combination of Jeff Pope, Neil McKay and the BBC.”

Check out the first look image below: