Alibi has ordered their second original drama. Mere months after moving into scripted originals with Traces, the UKTV owned and operated channel has given the green-light to We Hunt Together, a six episode cat and mouse thriller from Cheat scribe Gaby Hull and BBC Studios.
We Hunt Together begins with the collision of two extraordinary people; Babeni (AKA Baba), a former child soldier desperate to suppress his predisposition for violence, and Freddy, a magnetic and disarmingly charming free spirit. When Baba rescues Freddy from an attack following a date that has turned sour, something dark is ignited in them both.
The series also follows DI Lola Franks and DCI Jackson Reid as they try to outsmart the killers, despite their polar opposite outlooks on the culpability of the criminal mind. Hull created the series, which is being produced by BBC Studios. Hilary Salmon, Anne Pivcevic and Esther Springer are the executive producers. UKTV said that casting would be announced at a later date. We Hunt Together is presently eyed for a 2020 premiere.
“I was so gripped by Gaby’s writing. We Hunt Together is a fresh, funny and dark roller coaster ride with filmic undertones that provide echoes of early Hitchcock or Tony Scott’s True Romance and takes the genre one step further”, said UKTV Drama Commissioner Philippa Collie Cousins, who commissioned the series alongside Head of Scripted Pete Thornton, Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham and Genre General Manager for Drama and Lifestyle Adrian Wills. “Hilary Salmon and the truly brilliant team that she has put together are a joy to work with and it’s very exciting to be making this show with them.”
Alibi’s push into scripted originals has been made possible by co-commissioning dramas alongside BBC Studios, with the commercial division of the BBC (who are soon to take full ownership of several UKTV channels, including Alibi) handling global sales. “We set out with Philippa to discover distinctive, compelling stories to be told and produced by the best of UK talent”, added BBC Studios’ Director of Drama Martin Rakusen. “I’m thrilled that we’re continuing to surpass our ambitions and to be working with such a brilliant team in bringing We Hunt Together to both the UK and our international audiences.”