This Is England actor Stephen Graham will star in a new Channel 4 drama written and directed by Dave Nath.
Multi award-winning director Nath is best known for his challenging documentaries, including Bedlam and The Murder Detectives.
His new fiction project The Watchman is described as “a thought-provoking thriller set on one night, in one location and seen through the eyes of one man.”
Stephen Graham (Pirates of the Caribbean, Boardwalk Empire) will play father-of-two Carl – a CCTV operator who views the world through a series of screens.
The official synopsis reads: “Working alone, [Carl] has gradually become intoxicated by the power of being the ‘all-seeing eye.’ Carl’s growing frustration with the local police comes to a head when they refuse to tackle a group of local drug dealers. Carl decides to intervene in the world he is supposed to be just watching. What follows is a terrifying chain of events played across one night shift.”
Graham commented: “This is a fascinating project with a compelling narrative; I’m looking forward to seeing how Dave will bring his documentary storytelling techniques to this dark drama.”
Dave Nath added: “It’s a film about a good man who makes one terrible mistake. But it also asks whether CCTV can distort our view of the world and our place within it.”
Channel 4’s Head of Documentaries Nick Mirsky said: “After the success of Cyberbully and The People Next Door, Channel 4 Documentaries is keen to continue to give our very best factual talents opportunities to explore the modern world in drama. Dave is absolutely in that category, and has written an exceptionally powerful script which is a ‘what if’ psychological thriller of our times.”
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