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Red Eye – start date confirmed for itv’s night plane thriller (updated)

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The drama stars Richard Armitage, Jing Lusi and Lesley Sharpe.

Updated 15/04/23: Ahead of Red Eye‘s launch, itv have dropped a short teaser.

The 30-second promo gives us a quick look at what to expect from the Richard Armitage and Jing Lusi headlined thriller which debuts this weekend.

Setting up the tension, it sees Armitage’s Dr Matthew Nolan pleading his innocence prior to being extradited…

Red Eye lands at itv on Sunday 21st April at 9pm.

Red Eye – start date confirmed for itv’s night plane thriller

Itv have confirmed the start date for its new international thriller Red Eye.

The series, from producers Bad Wolf (Doctor Who), lands on Sunday 21st April at 9pm.

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Richard Armitage & Jing Lusi (c) itv / Bad Wolf

The high-octane thriller follows Dr Matthew Nolan (Richard Armitage), who returns from China after being involved in a dangerous car crash. On arrival in the UK however, he finds himself arrested and accused of murder.

He returns to China in handcuffs, the company of Jing Lusi’s DC Hana Li, but the pair are in for a tense flight as deaths start to occur onboard…

Political Espionage

Of course, Richard Armitage is no stranger to this kind of show, thanks to his three-year stint as Lucas North on Spooks. Speaking to the Radio Times about Red Eye, he said:

“It’s a little bit like And Then There Were None but set on an aeroplane, [and] it’s just sort of a return in a way to that sort of political espionage that I love, that we did with Spooks. It’s elements of that in it.”

The six-part series begins on Sunday, 21st April at 9pm on ITV and ITVX. We expect a trailer soon.

Original article (of 05/03/24) follows…

Red Eye – first images from Richard Armitage’s new night plane thriller

The show takes place on an overnight flight from London to Beijing.  

ITV have released first look images from it’s upcoming high-octane thriller Red Eye.

From producer Bad Wolf (Doctor Who), the airborne series stars Richard Armitage, alongside Jing Lusi and Lesley Sharp.

Red Eye also has a Whitehall dimension too – here’s the synopsis:

After attending a medical conference in Beijing and coming frighteningly close to dying in a car crash, Dr Matthew Nolan, played by Richard Armitage arrives home and is immediately arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Exhausted and confused, Nolan is accused of the murder of a woman who was in the car he crashed. Despite his protests that he was driving alone, Nolan is set to return to China to face charges.

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Richard Armitage & Jing Lusi (c) itv / Bad Wolf

DC Hana Li, played by Jing Lusi is the no-nonsense, London officer charged with accompanying Nolan back to Beijing. Her resentment for this assignment, and of Nolan himself, is immediate.

However, in flight, when a first death occurs, DC Li begins to suspect foul play. Further deaths confirm that Nolan is in danger, and after a call from MI5, Hana finds herself embroiled in an escalating conspiracy.

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Richard Armitage & Jing Lusi (c) itv / Bad Wolf

Back in London, we follow Hana’s sister, scrappy, reporter Jess Li, played by Jemma Moore, who is running her own investigation into Nolan’s extradition and finds herself running for her life from an unknown assassin.

And in Thames House, the head of MI5, Madeline Delaney, played by Lesley Sharp (The Full Monty), breaks protocol and risks her entire career to not only help Hana and Nolan stay alive, but to expose an international conspiracy that seems to implicate both China and people in her own government.

Red Eye comes from screenwriter Peter A. Dowling (Flightplan), with Jingan Young writing episode four.

The show’s director is Kieron Hawkes (Fortitude), the is producer Kristian Dench. Executive producers are Julie Gardner, Lachlan MacKinnon and Peter A Dowling.

Red Eye is landing on ITVX in 2024. We’ll keep you posted.