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The Level – new six part crime drama for ITV

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The Level is a new six part crime drama that has been commissioned by ITV.

The Level is a bold six-part thriller for ITV from BAFTA award winning indie Hillbilly Television (Second Coming, Random, Holy Flying Circus). Written by Gaby Chiappe (Shetland, Vera, Lark Rise to Candleford) and Alex Perrin (Leonardo, Shetland), The Level will begin filming in London and Brighton during the spring of 2016. 

The series will be executive produced by Hillbilly Television Joint Managing Directors, Polly Leys (Second Coming, Random, Holy Flying Circus, The Full Monty) and Kate Norrish (Second Coming, Random, Holy Flying Circus) with Jane Dauncey (The Trial of Jimmy Rose, Law & Order: UK, Stella) producing the series and Andy Goddard (Dracula, Downton Abbey, Law & Order: UK) as lead director.

 Intuitive, sharp-witted, and passionate Nancy is a good cop with a fine reputation amongst colleagues at the National Crime Agency.  Yet beneath the surface her family background has left her vulnerable.  Seconded to Sussex Homicide in Brighton when career criminal Frank Le Saux is brutally murdered, Nancy is too close to the case.  Frank has been a father figure and mentor throughout her career and Nancy holds vital clues to his murderer.  But how much can she reveal to her colleagues without incriminating herself? And when his daughter Hayley comes back into her life, will they be able to pick up their friendship? Locked in a lethal stalking game whilst walking a knife-edge to avoid the constant danger of exposure, Nancy learns some painful truths about her upbringing and her father Gil, an abusive, alcoholic ex-policeman.  

Caught up in Frank’s world, Nancy becomes embroiled in a murky underbelly of crime. As both the hunter and the hunted, Nancy struggles to face the reality of her situation and is desperate to do the right thing. Her complicated love life and relationships with her colleagues creates further tension as she doesn’t know who she can trust…..literally with her life. 

Polly Leys and Kate Norrish on behalf of Hillbilly Television said: “We’re delighted to be working with ITV for the first time.  We knew we had a great project and writing team in Gaby Chiappe and Alex Perrin and we’re very happy that ITV feel the same. It is the perfect home for The Level, a high stakes, high intensity thriller. We can’t wait to get going on bringing Nancy to life.” 

The Level has been commissioned for ITV by Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea. “We’re thrilled to commission The Level from Hillbilly Television,” said Steve.  “It’s a taut, tense thriller which sees Nancy struggling to shake off her past whilst trying against all odds to track a killer. The scripts from Gaby Chiappe and Alex Perrin are exceptional and we’re looking forward to The Level going into production.”

No word on casting yet but we will keep you updated.

Source: ITV Media Centre