Adrian Lester joins Vicky McClure in ITV’s Trigger Point
James R | On 09, Jun 2021
Adrian Lester will star opposite Vicky McClure in Trigger Point, a new thriller for ITV.
Written by screenwriting newcomer Daniel Brierley, the six-part drama puts the spotlight on counter terrorism policing and the extraordinary work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad. The series follows the officers who risk their lives daily on “the long walk” towards danger. For them, death is always a heartbeat away.
Vicky McClure (Line of Duty, I Am Nicola) plays front line officer Lana Washington, who is an experienced bomb disposal operative, known as an Expo, and Adrian Lester (Life, Trauma) plays Joel Nutkins, who works alongside her. Both ex-military, the pair are close, having served together in Afghanistan together. When a terrorist campaign threatens the capital over the summer, the Expos are at the forefront of urgent efforts to find out who is behind the bombings before fatalities escalate.
The pair are joined by Mark Stanley (Honour) as DI Thom Youngblood, Warren Brown (Luther) as Karl Maguire, Kerry Godliman (After Life) as Sonya Reeves, Cal MacAninch (Des) as Lee Robins SCO19, Manjinder Virk (Midsomer Murders) as Samira Desai SO15 and Ralph Ineson (The Capture) as Commander Bregman.
Jed Mercurio will executive produce the drama alongside Jimmy Mulville (Derry Girls, Bloodlands, Flack) Mark Redhead (The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, Bodies, Bloodlands) and Jessica Sharkey (Derry Girls, Bloodlands) for HTM Television, with Julia Stannard (Vanity Fair, War and Peace, The Great Train Robbery) producing. It will be directed by Gilles Bannier (Marcella, Tin Star, Spiral) and Jennie Darnell (Line of Duty, Holby City, Death in Paradise).
Trigger Point: Vicky McClure to star in ITV thriller
23rd February 2020
Line of Duty star Vicky McClure is heading to ITV for new thriller Trigger Point.
Written by Daniel Brierley and produced by Jed Mercurio’s HTM Television, it focuses on the Metropolitan Police’s Bomb Disposal Squad in contemporary London.
Unfolding against the backdrop of counter terrorism policing, the six-part drama follows the officers who are part of “Expo” and risk their lives daily on the long walk towards danger.
McClure will play frontline officer Lana Washington, who is an experienced bomb disposal operative. Reckless and out of control, Lana is ex-military and pushed to breaking point dealing with a series of improvised explosive devices which threaten the capital during a terrorist summer campaign. Under extreme pressure and searching for answers, Lana can’t help but become suspicious that the bomber is premeditatedly targeting her unit. It’s a terrifying thought, but against all odds how does she prove it and discover the bomber’s real identity?
McClure says: “So grateful to be working with Jed again. I’m really looking forward to creating a strong, bright and troubled character in Lana Washington. Daniel Brierley has produced a brilliant and nail-biting script. I can’t wait to get started.”
Trigger Point has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill.
Hill adds: “Trigger Point has you on the edge of your seat from the start. It’s a brilliant script by Daniel and I can’t believe this is his first commission.”
Brierley is a screenwriter with several short films to his credit including My Face Is In Space, Checkpoint and Graceland. He is part of the TV bursary scheme, funded by the industry body, ScreenSkills with UK based production company, Dancing Ledge, with the aim of encouraging top screenwriters to mentor an up-and-coming writer of their choice.
Jed Mercurio will executive produce Trigger Point alongside Jimmy Mulville, Mark Redhead and Jessica Sharkey for HTM Television, with Julia Stannard serving as producer.
The drama will film later this year.