BritBox, the streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV offering the largest collection of British programming in North America, announced that it will commission Hope Street, a new serial crime drama which will premiere exclusively on BritBox in the U.S. and Canada and on BBC Daytime and BBC Northern Ireland in the UK. This warm and charming ensemble drama is set in the fictional town of Port Devine on the stunning Northern Ireland coast.
Created by Susanne Farrell (Dirty God) and Paul Marquess (London Kills), written by Farrell, Jessica Lea (EastEnders), Christine Murphy (Emmerdale), Stuart Drennan (Hollyoaks), and Shazia Rashid (EastEnders) and executive produced by Donna Wiffen (The Bill) and Marquess for Long Story TV, Hope Streetfocuses on Port Devine’s police department – and the mysterious arrival of English Detective Constable Alimah Kahn, the first Muslim police officer in the town’s history.
The character-led series combines a long-running serial narrative with quirky, self-contained crime stories in each episode. At its heart, Hope Street celebrates the warm-hearted and good-humoured people of Northern Ireland – as they build a future together rather than dwelling on the differences of the past.
“Hope Street offers a modern twist and a fresh setting for the mystery shows that are popular with BritBox fans,” said Emily Powers, Head of BritBox North America. “It’s a new take on a beloved genre, set in an area rich in history.”
“After nearly 30 years of producing drama in England, I am beyond excited to be heading home to make Hope Street. Set on Northern Ireland’s stunning coastline, the series is a celebration of local writing, acting, and production talent,” said Executive Producer Paul Marquess of Long Story TV. “Warm, engaging, and funny, Hope Street presents Northern Ireland to the world in a fresh new light.”
The series stars are Brid Brennan (Brooklyn) as Concepta, Des McAleer (The Crown) as Barry, Ciarán McMenamin (Primevil) as Finn and Amara Karan (The Night of) as Alimah.
There will be a repertoire of co-productions including, There She Goes starring David Tennant, McDonald & Dodds starring Jason Watkins, The Pembrokeshire Murders starring Luke Evans and Honour starring Keeley Hawes.
Hope Street will be made with the support of Northern Ireland Screen.
Source: BritBox Canada