TV preview: In the Dark

MAVERICK AT WORK: MyAnna Buring as Detective Helen Weeks who is dragged into Manchesters dark underbelly in new BBC four-part crime drama In the Dark.
MAVERICK AT WORK: MyAnna Buring as Detective Helen Weeks who is dragged into Manchesters dark underbelly in new BBC four-part crime drama In the Dark.
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This new four-part crime drama by Bafta-winning writer Danny Brocklehurst has been adapted from books by bestselling novelist Mark Billingham.

It stars MyAnna Buring as Detective Helen Weeks, who is drawn into the two most testing and personal cases of her career – just as she begins her journey towards motherhood. When the husband of an estranged school friend is accused of abduction, Helen must return to her home town and confront her painful past.

And when a brutal tragedy drags her into Manchester’s dark criminal underbelly, she is forced to question even her closest relationships. Even if you love someone, can you ever really know them?

“I took my lead from Mark’s books – which had been well-researched – but after the scripts were written, we brought in a police adviser to make sure they were watertight,” says Brocklehurst.

“Mark was very open to changes – some huge – and always understood what I was trying to do with the adaption. They aren’t totally faithful adaptions but I have kept the spirit of the books.”

The series was shot on location in the North and with plenty more books to go at there may well be a return for Weeks.

“Helen is a detective and is very driven by her work,” says Buring. “There’s a toughness to her, and a maverick quality.”

In the Dark, BBC1, Tuesday, July 11, 9pm

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