ITV has commissioned a new four part series, Chasing Shadows, from ITV Studios which focuses on the work of a missing persons field unit charged with tracking down serial killers who prey on impressionable and vulnerable people.
Written and created by Rob Williams (DCI Banks, Holby City), Chasing Shadows introduces DS Sean Alexander and his partner, Ruth Hattersley.
On the face of it Sean is intense, socially awkward and a misfit. Get to know him and you realise he’s a man on a mission with his hand hovering over the self-destruct button and his eccentric behaviour frequently lands him in hot water. Drowning in protocol and procedure, he’s obsessed with deciphering codes and uncovering patterns of behaviour particularly in relation to those most at risk, vulnerable missing persons.
Ruth, on the other hand, is a stabilising influence. Maternal, but not mumsy, she’s a civilian drafted in from the Missing Persons Bureau to work alongside Sean. In effect his bosses have sidelined him and she is his lifeline. Sean refuses to be tethered and together he and Ruth make an awesome team. Her analytical skills are exceptional and she’s a mean negotiator. He is socially awkward and struggles to communicate; yet their strengths strike the perfect balance. On paper. In reality Sean continues to create issues, takes unnecessary risks and burns the candle at both ends.
Chasing Shadows will be produced by the ITV Studios drama team headed by Francis Hopkinson (Lucan, Wallander) who will also executive produce. Rob Bullock (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Case Sensitive) will produce the drama and Christopher Menaul (Ripper Street, See No Evil: The Moors Murders) will direct the first self-contained story ‘Only Connect’ across 2 x 60 minute episodes. The Director of the second story (2 x 60 mins) will be announced closer to production which is due to begin in the South East in February. The drama will be set in an urban environment with an edginess and although shot in the south of the country could represent any modern British city. Filming will be underway for eight weeks.
“Sean is an oddity,” said executive producer, Francis Hopkinson. “He’s intense with a great deal of integrity and a gift for deciphering codes and patterns of behaviour. We’re looking forward to casting him, as he’s such a multi-layered character. The first story is also very interesting as it concentrates on the loneliness and isolation some people feel particularly in this multi-tech world. It’s very relevant subject matter for today,” added Francis.
Chasing Shadows has been commissioned for ITV by Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea.
“We’re delighted to be commissioning Chasing Shadows from ITV Studios,” said Steve. “It’s a crime drama, but not a typical one as it is based around a missing persons unit. And it introduces two very individual and exciting new characters who we’re very much looking forward to seeing. “
Chasing Shadows starts filming in February