BBC One today announces newcomers Mark Strepan (The Mill) and Ben Tavassoli (No Offence) are set to star in bestselling author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz’s new BBC One investigative drama, New Blood.
Created and written by Anthony Horowitz the seven-part drama will show a unique side of modern London, through the eyes of two outsiders. Mark and Ben will play the roles of junior investigators Stefan and Rash respectively, and will be their first roles on BBC One primetime.
Anthony Horowitz said: “When I created a hero who was Polish/British and another who was Iranian/British, I never expected that we’d actually find the real thing but with Mark and Ben we’ve done exactly that. They really are the ‘new blood’ that the title promises and I’m confident that they’re going to make a wonderfully surprising and entertaining team.”
Ben Tavassoli who plays Rash said: “I remember this green book knocking about at school when I was in year 7. I didn’t read anything besides forged sick notes back then, but I decided to jump on the bandwagon and pick up a copy of Stormbreaker. The only problem was I couldn’t put it back down and now 15 years later I’ve been cast in the author’s new BBC drama. Madness. It’s such a privilege.”
Mark Strepan, playing Stefan, said: “When I was seventeen I remember serving ‘Alex Rider’ Alex Pettyfer at a charity dinner. I was working and saving money for drama school, standing in awe of the actor who got to be a part of Anthony Horowitz’s Stormbreaker. I can’t wait to get started. You read these scripts and you can’t help but want to do a little dance. There’s a lot of action, a lot of training to be done and a lot of fun ahead. I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of it.”
New Blood will be the first time that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the police have been portrayed on screen together, where junior investigators Stefan and Rash individually work.
Brought together by two seemingly unrelated cases, Stefan and Rash will come up against the uber rich and powerful – corporations, individuals, governments and the new breed of criminals who hide behind legitimate facades and are guarded by lawyers.
New Blood is expected next year on BBC One.