ITV orders new Ann Cleeves drama

ITV ITV has greenlit a four-part drama, The Long Call, adapted from the book by Ann Cleeves. 

Silverprint Pictures, whose credits include other Cleeves adaptations Vera and Shetland, is making the show, which is written by Des and Baptiste screenwriter Kelly Jones, marking her first solo series.  

The Long Call centres on DI Matthew Venn, who has returned to live in a small community in north Devon with his husband, Jonathan. Venn had walked away from the place 20 years ago, after being rejected by his family. 

Now he's back, not just to mourn his father at a distance, but to take charge of his first major murder. A body has been found on the beach near to Matthew's new home: a man with the tattoo of an albatross on his neck, has been stabbed to death.

Angie Daniell produces; Lee Haven Jones directs. 

Executive producer Kate Bartlett of Silverprint said: “After almost a decade working together, we are thrilled to be continuing our creative partnership with Ann. The Long Call is a rich and deeply engrossing mystery with a whole host of new Cleeves characters led by the inimitable Matthew Venn. 

“Just as the novel feels like a progression of Ann's writing, this feels like the opportunity to create a unique and ambitious event crime drama with a wholly iconic character at its heart.”

Image: ITV. 


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