UK broadcaster ITV has commissioned a two-part crime drama set in wartime London from the makers of Downton Abbey.
Carnival Films will produce Murder on the Home Front, which tells the story of a pathologist and his secretary who discover a serial killer is at large during the Blitz bombing raids of 1940.
It is loosely based on the memoirs of Molly Lefebure, who was secretary to Keith Simpson, a Home Office pathologist and pioneer of modern forensics, during the Second World War.
Murder on the Home Front is produced by Christopher Hall, (The Last Weekend), directed by Geoffrey Sax (Tipping the Velvet) and exec produced by Carnival’s Gareth Neame and Sally Woodward Gentle.
The cast includes Patrick Kennedy (Boardwalk Empire), Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre), James Fleet (The Vicar of Dibley) and Emerald Fennell (Anna Karenina).
Filming has now begun on the drama, which will be sold internationally by NBCUniversal International Television Distribution, sales arm of Carnival parent NBCUniversal.