The Responder is the latest high-octane drama to land on the BBC starring Martin Freeman – here’s everything you need to know about the new series.
Sherlock actor Martin plays response officer Chris Carson, with the series looking to show the realities of front line policing.
Written by former Merseyside Police officer Tony Schumacher, the official synopsis for The Responder teases a ‘crisis-stricken, morally compromised’ urgent response officer at its heart.
It adds: ‘Whilst trying to keep his head above water both personally and professionally, Chris is forced to take on a new rookie partner Rachel.
‘Both soon discover that survival in this high pressure, relentless, night-time world will depend on them either helping or destroying each other.’
Fans will see The Hobbit star in a very different light, as he even takes on a Scouse accent for the exciting new role.
Twilight actress Myanna Buring, and Harry Potter actor Ian Hart are among the star-studded cast – but when does it start and who is in the cast?
When does The Responder start and how many episodes will there be?
The Responder kicks off tonight, January 24, with the first of five episodes beginning at 9pm.
Episode two will air on Tuesday, January 25 in the same time slot, with the following three episodes coming to screen next week.
These will air nightly on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, when the final instalment will be shown, all at 9pm.
Who is in the cast of the BBC show?
Martin Freeman stars as Chris Carson
Martin’s character Chris takes the lead in this cast, which looks set to be among his career highlights so far.
Speaking previously about the show, the star praised Tony’s writing: ‘Tony Schumacher’s scripts were so unique and honest that I knew very quickly that I wanted to be a part of The Responder and take on the role of Chris.
‘No one writes like Tony and it has been exhilarating to inhabit the world he has created.’
Of course, Martin’s acting credentials are pretty much endless, having starred as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, Tim Canterbury in The Office UK and Dr John Watson in Sherlock, to name just a few…
Adelayo Adedayo plays Rachel Hargreaves
Adelayo takes on the role of Chris’ new 23-year-old rookie policing partner, just a few months into her job in the force.
She first appeared on screens in 2007 when she featured in an episode of The Bill but made her big break in BBC Three’s hit show Some Girls as main character Viva Bennett.
Chatting to The Face ahead of the series beginning, she commented: ‘I remember reading the first episode and just laughing – but then being like, oh, should I be laughing?’
She added of why else she was drawn to the part: ’This is a bit dark, a bit painful and a little bit funny. And I think that it’s very representative of life, in my opinion.’
Myanna Buring plays Kate Carson
Myanna’s character Kate is Chris’ wife in BBC series, who is really struggling to cope with the difficult realities of his job, which have left him with poor mental health.
Their marriage is consistently put under strain as she tries – but fails – to explain just how nervous her husband’s line of work makes her feel.
Myanna has been a part of some of the biggest film and TV releases in recent years, including Twilight, The Salisbury Poisonings and Ripper Street.
More recently, she’s starred in The Witcher as Tissaia alongside Henry Cavill.
Warren Brown is Raymond Mullen
Warren’s character Ray is an old foe of Chris’ and it’s clear there’s issues from the get-go.
He believes Chris is a corrupt copper and wants him kicked out the force.
Ahead of the series, Warren said: ‘One of the things that interested me about Ray is the fact that he’s not well-liked.
‘I’ve played the good guys and to play somebody like Ray was interesting to delve into. Scripts, like this one, grab your attention immediately!’
The star is an instantly recognisable face, having risen to fame in as Donny Maguire in Shameless as well as Andy Holt in Hollyoaks.
He’s a seriously impressive guy, because as well as acting he’s a Muay-Thai world boxing champion.
Ian Hart takes on Carl Sweeney
Famous Scouser Ian takes on the role of Carl, whose friendship with Chris goes way back.
It turns out he’s also a small-time drug dealer and needs his pal’s help in finding a young addict called Casey (Emily Fairn), but things soon get dark when Chris realises his true motives.
Last year, Ian starred opposite Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham in Channel 4’s one-off drama Help, as well as having roles in My Mad Fat Diary and Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone.
The Responder trailer
There is a trailer for The Responder, which was released late last year.
It shows Martin with a buzzcut and Scouse accent in full force as he takes on a variety of challenging situations.
If the show is anywhere near as dramatic as the trailer, we’re bound to be in for an absolute treat.
The Responder begins tonight at 9pm on BBC One.
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