The makers of Line of Duty announce new Channel 4 crime drama

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Photo credit: World Productions / Steffan Hill - BBC
Photo credit: World Productions / Steffan Hill - BBC

Line of Duty maker World Productions is teaming up with Channel 4 for a six-part crime series set in Merseyside.

Written by novelist and filmmaker Helen Walsh, its working title is The Gathering, and the series will explore a violent attack on teenager Kelly during a rave.

The ensuing drama orbits a number of teens from disparate backgrounds as well as their parents – with suspicion falling on all.

Photo credit: Jonathan Hordle/Shutterstock
Photo credit: Jonathan Hordle/Shutterstock

Kelly is described as a straddler between two very different groups of friends. She's an accomplished gymnast well on the way to Team GB status, yet at odds with her teammates and their super-competitive parents.

Away from the gymnastics arena, she spends time with reckless urban free-runners, whose lifestyle and free spirits are at odds with the discipline and restrictions Kelly encounters in the world of sport.

"We are thrilled to be working with the brilliant Helen Walsh and World Productions on this exciting series; The Gathering, which forms part of our strategy to commission drama which also appeals to younger viewers," said Channel 4's head of drama Caroline Hollick.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

"Through this absorbing story, with Helen's beautifully drawn, real and relatable characters, the series looks at how family, friendship and aspiration is influenced and shaped by the highs and lows of modern-day parenting.

"Exploring relevant and urgent themes around what it means to be a teenager, as well as a parent today, The Gathering is cleverly wrapped up in a compelling whodunnit thriller, where the stakes are upped episode after episode."

Walsh added: "I'm thrilled to be working with the excellent team at Channel 4 and World Productions and look forward to seeing the kinetic worlds of free-running and tumbling gymnastics brought to our screens."

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