Channel 5 have announced the commission of four-part thriller Blindspot (4 x 60’) from Clapperboard set to air in 2023. The news comes following the Channel’s fourth consecutive year of growth in which drama made up the top five shows of the year.
Newcomer Beth Alsbury will play the lead role of Hannah with BAFTA award-winning documentary maker, actor and author Ross Kemp making his return to acting after 15 years to star as Police Detective Tony Warden.
Crystal Clarke (Sanditon, Black Mirror, Empire of Light), Sue Vincent (The Madame Blanc Mysteries, Waterloo Road, Alma’s Not Normal), Kiran Landa (Coronation Street, Line of Duty, Ackley Bridge) and Michelle Bonnard (House of the Dragon, Unforgotten, We Hunt Together) will star as Amber, Dolly, Geri and Louisa respectively.
Haylie Jones (Stay Close, Wanderland), Milán Bartha (Moon Knight, Blade Runner 2049, The Spy Who Dumped Me) and Lewis Conway (The Forgotten Battle, The Canterville Ghost) will also feature.
Blindspot is the story of Hannah Quinn, a disabled woman with a wry sense of humour, who works monitoring the CCTV on a rough estate. One day she sees a man she knows is a violent criminal lead a young woman into a blind spot in the camera coverage. He emerges alone but when the police arrive there is no sign of the woman, who appears to have vanished into thin air.
Hannah is convinced that she has been murdered, but her fears are dismissed by the apathetic, and possibly corrupt, policeman Tony in charge of the case. Hannah remains undeterred and will soon find her own life in danger as she fights to discover what really happened in the blind spot.
Paul Testar, Commissioning Editor, Drama, Channel 5 and Paramount+ said: “After a successful year of drama on Channel 5 in 2022, I’m excited to grow our 2023 slate with this gripping thriller. Rob and Jordan’s brilliant writing and directing talents and an outstanding cast led by Beth Alsbury and Ross Kemp are going to give our viewers a very special show.”
Mike Benson, Manager Director, Clapperboard added: “It’s always exciting launching a show around new talent and I can’t wait for viewers to see the brilliant Beth Alsbury in the lead role of Hannah. We are also very lucky to have secured the multi-talented Ross Kemp in his long anticipated return to prime time drama.”
Filming for the series has begun on location in Hungary and is expected to air on Channel 5 in 2023.