Great Britain

ITV announces gripping new crime thriller from creators of Line of Duty in major blow to BBC

CATCH SOME RAYS

BEND It Like Beckham’s Parminder Nagra will star in ITV’s new crime drama D.I. Ray, executive produced by Jed Mercurio.

The new four-part drama is set in Birmingham and focuses on Leicester-born Rachita Ray, a police officer who takes on a case that forces her to confront her own identity.

The show’s behind-the-scenes team tick all the crime drama boxes.

It’s written by Maya Sondhi, who played Line of Duty’s ill-fated police officer Maneet Bindra.

A delighted Maya commented: “This is a project which is deeply personal for me as a British Asian Brummie woman.

So much of this show is my story and in telling it honestly, I hope others from all different backgrounds will relate.”

D.I Ray is produced by Jed Mercurio’s HTM Television, the production company behind James Nesbitt’s police drama Bloodlands.

Meanwhile, Line of Duty and Bodyguard supremo Jed will executive produce the series.

The new thriller, which will be filmed in the Midlands this autumn, is billed by ITV as “a gripping four-part series that tracks a compelling murder investigation whilst exploring the emotive subject of racism in the workplace.”

Taking viewers on a journey through the murky underworld of Birmingham via organised crime, the show sounds pretty gritty.

Lead star Parminder, who has also appeared in US dramas ER, The Blacklist and Agents of SHIELD, can’t wait to get started.

“I am so looking forward to getting back to the UK,” she beamed. “It’s been such a challenging time globally, so to be part of this exciting new project written by Maya Sondhi and exec produced by the force that is Jed Mercurio is a thrill.”

Martin Compston takes home Best Actor gong at TV Choice Awards as Line Of Duty scoops triple win

We pay for your stories!

Do you have a story for The Sun Showbiz team?

Football news:

Ronaldo on 0:5 from Liverpool: Manchester United fans deserve more. We are responsible for this, there is no one else to blame
A fiery meeting of PSG in Marseille: Neymar even had difficulty giving corners - he was protected by nets and shields
Pochettino after 0-0 with Marseille: I am pleased with the progress and development of PSG. Neymar showed commitment to the team
Courtois and Valverde were injured following the match with Barca
Mourinho, Spalletti, Inzaghi and Gasperini were removed in the Sunday matches of Serie A
Klopp calls Salah the best in the world. This season is a treasure trove of convincing arguments
Simone Inzaghi: Juventus could only have scored from the penalty spot. Inter controlled the match from start to finish