Kidnap and Ransom

ITV today announced the commission of a brand new drama called Kidnap and Ransom.

Sadly, this doesn’t mean we’re following the japes of two people with funny surnames that go together. No, this is about people getting snatched and auctioned and it’ll be all very serious indeed.

The series will star one of the UK’s leading screen actors, Trevor Eve (Waking the Dead, Framed) as international hostage negotiator, Dominic King. The primetime thriller is the first drama to come out of Eve’s production company, Projector Pictures, whilst in partnership with talkbackTHAMES.

I know that kind of thing is boring but PR companies like you to include it.

The series has been written by acclaimed scriptwriter Patrick Harbinson (24, Law and Order, ER), and is now in pre-production due to film in South Africa this Spring. Eve will star alongside, John Hannah (Rebus, Cold Blood), Helen Baxendale (Friends, Cold Feet), Natasha Little (Mistresses, This Life), Emma Fielding (Cranford) and Amara Karan (The Darjeeling Limited).

When a businesswoman (Emma Fielding) is kidnapped in South Africa, expert hostage negotiator Dominic King (Trevor Eve) believes he’s dealing with a straightforward case – pay the money, get her back. But when the release is botched and they strike again in Britain, the kidnapper, Willard’s (John Hannah) motives become far more sinister.

With trouble brewing at home with his wife Sophie (Natasha Little) and teenage daughter – and his team, boss Angela (Helen Baxendale) and ambitious assistant Carrie (Amara Karan) pushed to the limit, King must draw on all his reserves to bring the victims home alive.

Trevor Eve says of the commission: “I’m thrilled to be working on this, our first production since Projector joined talkbackTHAMES. It’s wonderful to be working with Laura and Sally at ITV on what we all hope will be a really compelling thriller.”

Let’s hope it’s more like The Fixer, rather than… y’know… the usual ITV tripe.

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