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Irvine Welsh’s Crime Gets Season 2 for ITVX

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Dougray Scott will reprise his role as Ray Lennox, a disturbed investigator, in a second series of the original criminal drama Crime, based from the best-selling novel by Irvine Welsh, one of Scotland’s greatest ever writers.

The six-part drama, produced by Buccaneer Media and Off Grid Film and TV, and created by Trainspotting creator Irvine Welsh and long-time screenplay partner Dean Cavanagh, will be an ITVX premiere, premiering many months ahead of a linear broadcast on ITV’s main channel.

The first season of Crime will also have a free debut on ITVX before the second season premieres.

Commented actor and executive producer Dougray Scott: “Making Crime has been one of the most exhilarating experiences of my career. I’m so grateful to get to work once again with the great Irvine Welsh, my wonderful producing partner Tony Wood and all at Buccaneer and ITV. I feel very fortunate.”

The series has been commissioned for ITVX and ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill.

Commented Polly Hill: “Crime was a brilliantly original series and a perfect fit for ITVX, where we want to showcase drama as distinctive and original as this police procedure from Irvine Welsh. The next chapter in Lennox’s story is just as bold and we look forward to introducing a new audience to Crime when it comes onto ITVX next year. Huge thanks to the brilliance of Irvine Welsh, Dougray Scott and Buccaneer Media.”

Commented Irvine Welsh: “I loved working on the first season of Crime, and Dean Cavanagh and myself are already having a blast developing scripts for the second series. It was wonderful to work with such a talented cast and we hope to push those memorable characters further this time. No more Mister Nice Guy from and Dean and I.”

Crime 2 will begin filming in Summer 2022. It will be set in Edinburgh once more.

We’ll revisit Dougray Scott’s complicated character Ray Lennox, who has fully recovered from his breakdown following the toll of his last investigation and is now settled back into life with Edinburgh’s Serious Crimes squad.

When a high-ranking member of the establishment is discovered dead in a warehouse in Leith, Lennox is thrust into a case that swiftly exposes itself to be the work of a serial killer. As the number of victims grows, Lennox realises that these are not random killings. This is the work of a lone assassin with a vendetta. Lennox is forced back towards his demons by this new case, which has never been far from his psychological torment.

Crime is being produced by Buccaneer Media and Off Grid Film and TV. Buccaneer Media is a London-based international content production company led by joint CEOs Tony Wood and Richard Tulk-Hart.

Commented Tony Wood: “Following the reception of the first series, everyone at Buccaneer is thrilled to be returning to Edinburgh to chart the next steps in Lennox’s story. Naturally we can’t wait to bring Irvine’s script to life and capture another remarkable performance by Dougray.”

Buccaneer Media is in partnership with Canada’s Cineflix Media, who will be responsible for the international distribution of the drama.