Saturday, 28 August 2010


[20.00 - French Time] ITV today announced three new drama commissions for 2011: Injustice, Scott and Bailey and The Jury.

- Injustice stars James Purefoy (The Philanthropist, Diamonds) as a criminal barrister who is recovering from a traumatic series of events that have shaken his belief in the legal system. This five-part series is screenwriter and author Anthony Horowitz’s new project for ITV1 following the huge critical and rating success of the superb event drama Collision. Injustice will be produced by Injustice Films Limited.

Given the talent of Horowitz, the man behind Foyle's War, Crime Traveller or the Alex Rider novels, the project is a most welcome announcement. Not to mention the fact that Collision was one of the best things aired by ITV last year.

- Scott and Bailey (6 X 60-minute) will star Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp in the title roles of two homicide detectives from Greater Manchester Police’s Major Incident Team. The series is written by Sally Wainwright (Unforgiven), who has co-created it with ex-Detective Inspector Diane Taylor.

Scott and Bailey is produced by Red Production Company. Let's hope that this is not another Murder in Suburbia.

- Written by BAFTA winner and Oscar nominated Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen), The Jury focuses on the everyday people who find themselves at the centre of one of the most controversial criminal re-trials of their time. Morgan created the original namesake five-part miniseries produced by ITV Studios in 2002.

The Jury (5 X 60-minute) will be produced once again by ITV Studios and it sounds like an answer from ITV to Criminal Justice, Peter Moffat's creation for the BBC (even if the first Criminal Justice is from 2008).

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