ITV has commissioned a new three-part police drama, Life of Crime, due to premier on screens on Friday 10th May 2013.
Starring Golden Globe nominee Hayley Atwell (The Duchess, Any Human Heart, Pillars of the Earth, Captain America) as risk-taking policewoman Denise Woods, Life of Crime explores Denise’s career over three decades as she progresses through the Metropolitan Police Force and how choices she makes as a rookie officer have long lasting and explosive repercussions on both her professional and personal life.
Set against the backdrop of iconic moments in British history, the drama unfolds over three decades. We first meet Denise against the backdrop of the Brixton riots in 1985, and then in 1997 as she rises through the ranks and again in 2013 when she is a senior officer with everything to lose.
Episode one introduces Denise in 1985 when she is in her early twenties, starting life as an idealistic WPC for the Met Police, fighting sexism and ignoring her mother’s disappointment at her career choice.
She’s seconded to work with handsome young plain clothes Detective Sergeant Ray Deans (Richard Coyle) and, while trying to apprehend a suspect, suffers a knock to the head that puts her in hospital. It’s here she meets Amy Reid (Eloise Smyth), a fifteen year old girl who’s recently come from a club in Brixton called Subotica. Amy was violently dragged out of the club by her over-protective father but made a break for it.
Denise bonds with the young girl but their heart to heart is interrupted by a nurse wanting to take Denise for a scan. Returning to A&E, Denise is upset to find that Amy has left the hospital.
In the early hours of the morning, as Ray drives Denise home, they come across a crime scene – a young girl’s body is found in an alley. It is Amy. Feeling responsible, Denise resolves to bring her killer to justice.
The three-part drama was written by Declan Croghan. (Waking the Dead, Ripper Street, Taggart), and produced by Emma Kingsman-Lloyd, executive produced by Douglas Rae and Michael Parke for Ecosse Films and co-produced and co-created by Oliver Frampton. Jim Loach (DCI Banks, Oranges & Sunshine) directs.
Life of Crime is due to begin on Friday 10th May at 9pm on ITV1/ITV1 HD; watch the official trailer for it in the clip below: