Identity

Monday, 9 August 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

SERIES FINALE

IDENTITY, a six-part ITV drama series starring Aidan Gillen and Keeley Hawes, follows an elite police unit formed to combat the explosion of identity-related crime.

Ed Whitmore’s newly created IDENTITY is here to tackle the darker side of reinvention: murderers who literally take other people’s lives, criminals who create new personas to escape evil pasts, impostors who look, talk and sound just like us but would kill you in a heartbeat.

It’s the worst day of Bloom’s life. The Identity Unit have had an anonymous tip off to the location of Atif’s body. Anthony (Shaun Parkes) followed Bloom (Aidan Gillen) and saw the whole thing and he’s intent on making Bloom quit. Bloom soon catches on that Anthony’s knows something ��” but when Adile (Agni Scott) is brought in to the unit for an interview, Bloom sees that he has no choice but to resign. His ‘other’ life comes back to haunt him in the worst way when Martha (Keeley Hawes) is abducted by Halit (Ken Bones), Adile’s father. Martha manages to somehow get through to Bloom that he’s got to stop living a lie and he is forced to decide between his love of Adile and being John Bloom, full time…

Monday, 2 August 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

When Miriam Brolin’s (Jenny Seagrove) DNA matches that of wanted criminal Nadia ��” a revolutionary turned terrorist who’s been on the run for 25 years ��” the Identity Unit’s job is to get her to confess to being an accomplice to a murder of an innocent bystander that her fellow comrade Marco Robson (Clive Russell) was convicted of. Miriam and Marco abscond together and help comes in the form of DCS Robert Thacker (Tom Mannion) ��” the original investigator on the case. Soon he’s forced to reveal that before Miram was ‘Nadia’ she was ‘Sandra’, an undercover officer infiltrating the terrorist group for Thacker. Eventually it transpires that Marco didn’t kill the bystander, it was Sandra ��” and Thacker made sure that Marco took the wrap for it. Miriam’s intention was to clear Marco’s name but she will stop at nothing to make sure Thacker doesn’t blow her cover to Marco…

Monday, 26 July 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

Reparation

IDENTITY, a new six part ITV drama series starring Aidan Gillen and Keeley Hawes, follows an elite police unit formed to combat the explosion of identity-related crime.

Ed Whitmore’s newly created IDENTITY is here to tackle the darker side of reinvention: murderers who literally take other people’s lives, criminals who create new personas to escape evil pasts, impostors who look, talk and sound just like us but would kill you in a heartbeat.

Episode Four:

Bansi Dutta (Ramon Tikaram) is about to buy a UK company and the British government are very keen to see the deal done. When Bansi’s dentist claims an impostor has taken Bansi’s place the Identity Unit are asked to surreptitiously get a DNA swab to prove that Bansi is the real Bansi in order that the government doesn’t give £50 million to an imposter. Bloom (Aidan Gillan) has to work undercover to get a swab ��” but Bansi is ill, reclusive and highly protected. When Bloom finds the ‘real’ Bansi imprisoned, Bansi’s nurse stymies him ��” Jamilla (Shivani Ghai) knows what’s in the boot of Bloom’s car ��” the dead body of Atif (Youssef Kerkour). If he blows their cover, she’ll blow his. Bloom’s got to work out what’s more important ��” saving his own skin or doing his job properly?

Monday, 19 July 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

IDENTITY, a new six part ITV drama series starring Aidan Gillen and Keeley Hawes, follows an elite police unit formed to combat the explosion of identity-related crime.

Ed Whitmore’s newly created IDENTITY is here to tackle the darker side of reinvention: murderers who literally take other people’s lives, criminals who create new personas to escape evil pasts, impostors who look, talk and sound just like us but would kill you in a heartbeat.

Episode three guest stars Sarah Smart and Phil Davis.

Amy Quilan (Sarah Smart) is on the witness protection scheme after she was convicted of helping her husband Brian (Ian Dunn) kidnap Lucy Sinclair ten years ago ��” a kidnap that resulted in Brian being convicted for the little girl’s murder. When her true identity is revealed on a blog, the Identity Unit are called in to help protect her. When Bloom’s secret life as Brendan calls for him to leave the safe house to deal with his lover Adile’s brother all hell breaks lose when Amy’s son Sam (Harrison Edwards) is abducted on Bloom’s watch. The Identity Unit have to work out a way of meeting the kidnapper’s ransom demand ��” and that means finding out one way or another where Brian buried Lucy. But Bloom (Aidan Gillen) can’t help feeling that Amy is holding something back. When he witnesses her reunion with Sam, Bloom’s convinced that she’s really not as innocent as she claims. His hunch pays off when the team follow her and find out that she planned the whole abduction in order to get the money.

Monday, 12 July 2010, 9:00PM – 10:00PM on ITV1

Episode two: Chelsea Girl

IDENTITY, a new six part ITV drama series starring Aidan Gillen and Keeley Hawes, follows an elite police unit formed to combat the explosion of identity-related crime.

Ed Whitmore’s newly created IDENTITY is here to tackle the darker side of reinvention: murderers who literally take other people’s lives, criminals who create new personas to escape evil pasts, impostors who look, talk and sound just like us but would kill you in a heartbeat.

Episode two guest stars Joanne Froggatt.

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The Identity Unit are investigating the murder of British Olivia Knighton (Laura Aikman) in Australia. Hours after her death, records showed another woman using her passport to enter the UK. A game of cat and mouse ensues but the impostor Jane Calshaw (Joanne Froggatt) remains one step ahead.

Once Bloom (Aidan Gillen) realises they are dealing with someone fulfilling a psychological need rooted in childhood, he knows they have to find Jane’s dad in order to work out what she’s got planned.

Eventually Bloom has to pull out all the stops to get Jane to confess what she’s done to her father’s new fiancé. He gets the result but the rest of the team are left unsettled by his methods ��” especially Anthony (Shaun Parkes).

Identity, a new six part ITV drama series starring Aidan Gillen and Keeley Hawes, follows an elite police unit formed to combat the explosion of identity-related crime.

Ed Whitmore’s newly created Identity is here to tackle the darker side of reinvention: murderers who literally take other people’s lives, criminals who create new personas to escape evil pasts, impostors who look, talk and sound just like us but would kill you in a heartbeat.

The unit, lead by DSI Martha Lawrence, (Keeley Hawes – Ashes to Ashes, Mutual Friends), works any case where making an identification is a significant part of solving the crime by outsmarting, hunting down and unmasking the modern day Jekyll and Hydes.

DSI Lawrence is also the founder of the unit – which she fought long and hard for – and its perilous fate is a constant source of anxiety to her. She knows she took a gamble in hiring DI Michael Bloom, played by Aidan Gillen (The Wire, Queer as Folk) – the secret weapon of the Identity Unit. Crucially, Bloom is an ex-undercover cop so he knows first hand what it’s like to pretend to be someone you are not. He’s also only too aware of how easy it is to lose your own identity when you’re living a lie.

Holly Aird (Torn, Waking the Dead) is Tessa Stein, IT expert in everything from trawling databases to cracking security codes. Completing the team are DS Anthony Wareing (Shaun Parkes – Moses Jones, Harley Street), who has his eye on promotion and a stance on cases that can err on the self-righteous, and DC Jose Rodriguez (Elyes Gabel – Waterloo Road, Deadset) cocky, self-assured yet with a seriousness and sensitivity that gives him insight into cases. As the series unfolds, DS Wareing becomes more and more concerned about Bloom’s methods and frustrated by what he sees as Martha’s blind and foolish indulgence of him.

Kate Bartlett, Controller of Drama at ITV Studios, says: “This is a unique crime series, with an exciting cast, that explores the theme of identity.  The psychology behind the issue of identity opens up a whole world of stories.  We take for granted that people are who they say they are and a person’s ID is sacred.  However, when that trust is violated it can provoke a special kind of fear, one that cuts to the heart of our sense of self and the world around us.”

Identity is currently filming in and around London.

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