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The Hoard – Channel 5 announce new thriller led by Neil Morrissey

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The drama also stars James Buckley and Fay Ripley. 

Channel 5 have announced The Hoard, a new primetime thriller series for 2023.

The show, set in the world of treasure hunters, stars Neil Morrissey (Line of Duty), with James Buckley (The Inbetweeners) and Fay Ripley (Cold Feet.)

The Hoard - Neil Morrissey, James Buckley, Fay Ripley

Here’s the premise of The Hoard:

The Hoard is the story of keen detectorist Martin (Morrissey) and his wheeler dealer soon to be son-in-law Ashley (Buckley) who, while on a boys bonding trip in the idyllic fields of rural Somerset, discover a hoard of buried Saxon treasure worth millions.

Legally, they should declare it, but Ashley spots an opportunity to look after number one, and as pressures are building at home with his wife Anne (Ripley), straight arrow Martin can’t help but have his head turned. It’s tempting. If they sell it on the black market, they could be set for life and Ashley has the connections to make it happen. But with a hoard this good, could it really be that easy? After all, they might not be the only ones out for its spoils.

As keen fans of The Detectorists, this sounds great – although with more tension and less of the bucolic vistas.

The Hoard comes from Seven Seas Films, in association with Quay Street Productions and ITV Studios.

Philip John (Iron Fist) will direct the show. Its writer is Dan Sefton (Trust Me), who also executive produces for Seven Seas Films, as does Simon Lupton. Nicola Shindler and Davina Earl are Executive Producers for Quay Street Productions.

The show will run for four one-hour episodes and filming begins this spring. It’s expected to land on Channel 5 later in 2023.