ITV have announced a recommission for their Tom Riley starring drama Dark Heart. The series, from Chris Lang, will be a six parter with Riley once again playing D.I. Will Wagstaffe who, despite his penchant for solving crime, is still very troubled by the murder of his parents when he was just sixteen years old.
Commented Polly Hill: “We’re thrilled Tom Riley has agreed to return as Will Wagstaffe in Dark Heart. As the central character, he has immersed himself in police work to seek some form of closure for what has happened in his past. It’s a gritty, emotionally driven thriller from Chris Lang which I’m only too pleased to recommission from Kate Bartlett’s new drama label.”
The series, set in London, is based on the novels by Adam Creed and is the first production for Silverprint Pictures (which is the new name of ITV Studios Drama London).
Whilst devoting his life to his work, Will Wagstaffe, also known as Staffe to his colleagues, battles personal demons. He’s haunted by the unresolved murder of his parents, which affects both his private and professional life including his on-off romance with sometimes girlfriend, Sylvie, played by Miranda Raison. His closest relationship is with his sister Juliette, played by Charlotte Riley, and young nephew Harry, who stays with him when Juliette has troubles with her boyfriend.
With no parents and no significant partner of his own, Juliette and Harry mean everything to Staffe. Determined and tenacious, Wagstaffe is an exceptionally good police officer, in spite of the fact he’s been known for pushing the boundaries of what’s considered acceptable policing.
Commented Kate Bartlett of Silverprint: “Wagstaffe is an uncompromising, contemporary drama which perfectly complements the Silverprint Pictures drama slate. Chris Lang has written truly compelling and atmospheric scripts and we’re delighted that Tom Riley is playing Will Wagstaffe.”
Filming will begin spring 2018 and ITV Studios Global Entertainment will distribute Dark Heart internationally.