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ITV orders crime thriller from Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio’s HTM Television

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned a crime thriller called DI Ray from Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio’s production company HTM Television.

Jed Mercurio

The four-part series will star Parminder Nagra (Bend it Like Beckham, ER) and is written and created by Maya Sondhi (Mount Pleasant, The Kumars, Ackley Bridge, EastEnders).

Mercurio (Line of Duty, Bodyguard) will executive produce the series alongside Madonna Baptiste (The Stranger, Black Mirror, Stephen).

It will be directed by Alex Pillai (Bridgerton, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Riverdale) and produced by Charlotte Surtees (Code 404, Two Weeks to Live, Dave Allen at Peace).

Set in Birmingham, DI Ray introduces Leicester-born Rachita Ray, a detective who takes on a case that forces her to confront a lifelong personal conflict between her British identity and her South Asian heritage.

Nagra said: “I am so looking forward to getting back to the UK after such a challenging time globally to be part of this exciting new project. We are being helmed by an amazing team to bring something special to our storytelling landscape.”

The series was commissioned for ITV by head of drama Polly Hill. It will be distributed globally by Hat Trick International and Anton Corp.


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