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UKTV commissions first scripted Alibi drama

February 15, 2019

UKTV has commissioned its first original scripted drama for crime drama channel, Alibi. The six-part series, Traces, is written by Amelia Bullmore and produced by RED Production Company. Traces is based on an original idea by best-selling crime writer Val McDermid.

UKTV Original Traces is a suspense-filled crime thriller told from a fresh point of view, where forensic science takes centre stage. Set in Scotland and exploring the world of SIFA, the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science, Traces introduces the audience to three very different female characters – who together will use the rigors of forensics to uncover the truth about an unsolved murder case.

UKTV drama commissioner Philippa Collie Cousins said: “When the idea came over from RED it genuinely made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. The fantastic writing talent in Amelia Bullmore coupled with Nicola Shindler and the team at RED will make Alibi’s first ever drama commission something really quite special. With strong female characters this is Happy Valley meets Silent Witness, a dark and exciting show that I can’t wait for us to get cracking on.”

Alibi channel director Emma Ayech added: “Alibi has an incredibly engaged audience of passionate crime drama fans. It’s the perfect opportunity to grow our slate of scripted shows and give our viewers a brand-new UKTV Original series that we hope they will love.”

Nicola Shindler, founder and executive producer of RED Production Company, said: “I am really excited to be working with UKTV bringing Amelia’s compelling and original scripts to life. From the brilliant mind of Val McDermid this is a mystery I want the Alibi audience to find totally addictive.”

Liam Keelan, BBC Studios Scripted Portfolio Director, said: “Traces is exactly the type of captivating British crime thriller that we like to offer audiences internationally. It’s fresh and suspenseful, with a brilliant writing and production talent behind it. We are thrilled to be involved in this ground-breaking commission for UKTV – hopefully the first of many more projects to come. It’s great to be working with Nicola Shindler, and the team at RED again.”

Casting will be announced over the coming months, with the series due to air exclusively on Alibi in late 2019.

In 2018, UKTV Originals topped the ratings on six of UKTV’s channels.

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