ITV has handed out a series order to Invisible, a feature-length detective drama series starring Jason Watkins (The Crown, The Lost Honour Of Christopher Jefferies) and Tala Gouveia (Cold Feet). Two episodes have been ordered for the show’s first season.
Invisible is set in Bath and follows the wildly ambitious DCI McDonald (Gouveia), who is partnered with the shy, modest DS Dodds (Watkins). While McDonald has transferred from the mean streets of South London to leap up the career ladder, Dodds has happily languished on the shelf for most of his working life.
McDonald is a tough, driven, battering ram of a cop who cracks cases through sheer force of will; Dodds – the tortoise to her hare – is quiet, unassuming and enigmatic. But thrust back into frontline action for the first time in a decade, he discovers a hidden talent for deciphering puzzles. Two contemporary Britons, seemingly with nothing in common, thrown together, boss McDonald and loyal sidekick Dodds forge a rumbustious, entertaining and ultimately – give or take a few setbacks – effective partnership.
The drama series was created by DCI Banks scribe Robert Murphy and is set up at the ITV Studios owned production company Mammoth Screen. ITV Drama Commissioner Huw Kennair Jones is overseeing production for the broadcaster. Richard Senior (Poldark, Humans, Doctor Who) is attached to direct the first feature-length episode. The executive producers are Robert Murphy and by Preethi Mavahalli and Damien Timmer. Filming on the series is set to get underway on location in the west country next month. ITVSGE will handle global sales.
“Robert Murphy has created a brilliant new partnership in Dodds and McDonald and I’m thrilled they will be played by Jason Watkins and Tala Gouveia”, said ITV’s Head of Drama Poly Hill, who commissioned the series. “I think this is a fresh and contemporary double act that the audience will love, and we are delighted to be working with Mammoth to bring them to ITV next year.”
While Mammoth Screen’s Damien Timmer added: “We’re delighted to have Tala Gouveia and Jason Watkins on board to bring the McDonald and Dodds to life. With the city of modern Bath as the backdrop to their double act, and with Robert’s scripts which crackle with wit, modernity and cleverness, I’m confident viewers will be gripped as they investigate their first intriguing cases together.”