ITV has announced the cast for its new “high stakes, high intensity thriller” from the writers of Shetland.
Set in Brighton, The Level tells the story of a Detective Sergeant living a double-life.
The six-part drama stars Karla Crome (Misfits), Philip Glenister (Ashes to Ashes), Laura Haddock (The Inbetweeners Movie), Noel Clarke (Doctor Who), Robert James Collier (Downton Abbey), Lindsey Coulson (Casualty), Gary Lewis (Billy Elliott), Jo Absolom (Doc Martin), Amanda Burton (Silent Witness) and Ruth Madeley (Don’t Take My Baby).
The official synopsis reads: “Detective Sergeant Nancy Devlin (Karla Crome) has a secret double life. Her exemplary police career masks a covert attachment to shady businessman and drugs trafficker, Frank Le Saux (Philip Glenister). Inextricably linked to Frank from childhood as the father of her best friend, Hayley (Laura Haddock) and the father figure she herself craved.
“Nancy has been playing a dangerous game to ensure that Frank always remains off the police radar. Nancy soon finds herself at the centre of an investigation which puts her at risk of exposure and sees her stalked by a killer intent on destroying her. Nancy’s complicated love life and relationships with colleagues creates further tension as she doesn’t know who she can trust..literally with her life.”
ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November commented last month: “We’re thrilled to commission The Level from Hillbilly Television. It’s a taut, tense thriller which sees Nancy struggling to shake off her past whilst trying against all odds to track a killer. The scripts from Gaby Chiappe and Alex Perrin are exceptional and we’re looking forward to The Level going into production.”
The cast also includes Suzanne Packer (Casualty), Lorne MacFadyen (Grantchester), Jane Hazlegrove (Holby City), Ashley Kumar (EastEnders), Kelly Harrison (Happy Valley) and Rupert Procter (Peaky Blinders).
Written by Gaby Chiappe (Shetland, Vera) and Alex Perrin (Leonardo, Shetland), The Level has started filming in London and Brighton.
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