‘Gripping’ crime thriller based in London starring Tom Riley set to hit ITV screens soon as filming begins

FILMING has commenced on a ‘gripping’ crime thriller starring Tom Riley after a successful pilot on ITV Encore in 2016.

Dark Heart sees Tom Riley star as DI Will Wagstaffe, a man haunted by the murder of his parents when he was 16-years-old.

Set in London, the series is written by acclaimed screenwriter, Chris Lang, whose work includes award-winning drama Unforgotten, Torn, Undeniable and A Mother’s Son.

Dark Heart is inspired by characters created by novelist Adam Creed, who has written a series of books featuring Will Wagstaffe.

The series has been commissioned by Polly Hill, head of drama at ITV.

Polly said: “We’re thrilled Tom Riley has agreed to return as Will Wagstaffe in Dark Heart.

“As the central character, he has immersed himself in police work to seek some form of closure for what has happened in his past.

“It’s a gritty, emotionally driven thriller from Chris Lang which I’m only too pleased to re-commission from Kate Bartlett’s new drama label.”

Chris Lang said: “It’s such a treat to be able to re-visit the world of D.I. Will Wagstaffe.

“For me he is that most unusual of things, a TV cop who’s personal story is as compelling as the cases he investigates.

“I cannot wait to dive in to both, alongside our incredibly talented creative team, and of course, the hugely talented Mr Riley.”

ITV Studios Global Entertainment will distribute Dark Heart internationally.

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