James Nesbitt stars as a police detective in the tense first trailer for Bloodlands, a new series from Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio.
The upcoming BBC One crime drama – which is set in Northern Ireland with the Cold Feet actor taking the lead as Tom Brannick – has been unveiled with an explosive 50 second teaser giving fans a glimpse of what to expect.
Nesbitt’s character can be seen explaining who criminal mastermind Goliath is, and revealing that he actually murdered the detective’s wife.
There are plenty of intense moments with police raids and brawls, and the trailer does a fantastic job of hyping up the new series without actually giving much away.
The synopsis for Bloodlands reads: ‘When a car containing a possible suicide note is pulled out of Strangford Lough, Northern Irish police detective Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) quickly connects it to an infamous cold case with enormous personal significance.
‘Bloodlands follows his hunt for the legendary assassin known as “Goliath”, an explosive cat-and-mouse game where the stakes have never been higher.’
The cast includes the likes of Top Boy’s Lisa Dwan alongside Game of Thrones and Derry Girls star Ian McElhinney.
Lorcan Cranitch (The Dig), Charlene McKenna (Ripper Street) and Lola Petticrew (Come Home) are also amongst the actors signed up.
The show has been scripted by Chris Brandon, and Nesbitt – who has also starred in the likes of The Missing, The Hobbit, Murphy’s Law and Bloody Sunday – has heaped praise on his work.
He commented: ‘It’s great to be back making a drama in and about Northern Ireland, which now has a film and television industry as good as any in the world.
‘We have compelling scripts from a brilliant young writer who was raised in County Down, which are very exciting and psychologically complex. I can’t wait to start.’
And Jed himself added: ‘It’s been incredibly rewarding to discover Chris Brandon’s work and to witness the development of an outstanding new voice in contemporary television thriller writing, added to which everyone at HTM Television is honoured an actor of James Nesbitt’s brilliance will star in our debut production.’
Bloodlands will air on BBC One.