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BBC Two Police Drama 'The Responder' With Martin Freeman Sounds Like Our New Addiction

Lucy Devine

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BBC Two Police Drama 'The Responder' With Martin Freeman Sounds Like Our New Addiction

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A new police drama is coming to BBC Two and by the looks of the cast and plot, we reckon we'll be hooked.

The Responder starring Martin Freeman, is based on the experiences of Tony Schumacher, who - now a first-time television writer - used to be an urgent response officer.

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The show will be focussed on leading character Chris (played by Martin Freeman), whose experiences in the six-part series will be inspired by Tony's life in the force.

Across six episodes, the series will follow Chris as he works six night shifts in Liverpool. As well as managing a challenging career, Chris is also struggling with his mental health as well as navigating the breakdown of his marriage.

The series also manages to shine a light on the struggles and challenges within the British police force while maintaining a good dose of humour, too.

Martin explained: "Tony Schumacher's script for The Responder resonated with me immediately. It felt like nothing that I'd read or seen.

Martin previously played Detective Superintendent Stephen Fulcher in ITV's 'A Confession' (Credit: ITV)
Martin previously played Detective Superintendent Stephen Fulcher in ITV's 'A Confession' (Credit: ITV)

"Great to work with Laurence and Chris at Dancing Ledge again and finding a home at the BBC has been a wonderful start to the journey."

Meanwhile, Tony described the commission as "a dream come true".

"If you had told me six years ago that I would be working with the BBC, a company of the calibre of Dancing Ledge, and an actor with the talent of Martin Freeman, I would have thrown you out of my taxi for being drunk," he said.

"And yet here I am, surrounded and supported by all these great people, and able to launch this story on one of the greatest TV channels in the world. It turns out that dreams can come true after all."

BBC has commissioned four new dramas - all with first-time telly writers at the helm. An adaptation of Kit de Waal's My Name Is Leon is also in the works, written by Shola Amoo in his first screenplay for TV.

The new police drama will air on BBC Two (Credit: Flickr)
The new police drama will air on BBC Two (Credit: Flickr)

If you haven't read the novel, which is set in the 1980s, it tells the story of nine-year-old Leon, who is separated from his half brother, Jake after they are taken into foster care.

Meanwhile, Sex Education director Alice Seabright has been commissioned to write Chloe, a six-part series about a young woman called Becky who begins living a double life in a bid to find out what happened to her estranged best friend, who mysteriously died.

Finally, Superhoe by Nicôle Lecky's will air on BBC Three. It's based on Nicôle's one-woman Royal Court play following talented Sasha, 24 who dreams of being a singer

It's unknown when the shows will hit our screens, but in the meantime, Series 2 of ITV's Liar is airing in less than a week.

The drama, starring Joanne Froggatt will arrive on our screens on Monday 2nd March. We think we can all agree there is *so* much telly to look forward to...

Topics: Entertainment News, BBC, TV News

Lucy Devine
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