ITV crime drama starts filming with Parminder Nagra

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ITV logo DI Ray, a new crime drama for ITV starring Parminder Nagra, begins a nine-week shoot in the West Midlands today, 4 October. 

The 4 x 60 thriller is written and created by Maya Sondhi and produced by Jed Mercurio’s HTM Television. 

Detective Inspector Rachita Ray is the focus of new ITV drama DI Ray starring internationally renowned Parminder Nagra. Alex Pillai directs; Charlotte Surtees produces. The executive producers are Jed Mercurio and Madonna Baptiste. 

Set in Birmingham, DI Ray centres on Leicester-born Rachita Ray, a police officer who takes on a case that forces her to confront a lifelong personal conflict between her British identity and her South Asian heritage.

Nagra said of the commission: “I am so looking forward to getting back to the UK after such a challenging time globally to be part of this exciting new project. Written by Maya Sondhi and exec produced by the force that is Jed Mercurio, we are being helmed by an amazing team to bring something special to our story telling landscape.”

Writer Sondhi added: “This is a project which is deeply personal for me as a British Asian Brummie woman. It’s only in the past 10 years or so I’ve really been able to truly embrace my heritage.  So much of this show is my story and in telling it honestly, I hope others from all different backgrounds will relate.”

Mercurio said: “Everyone at HTM Television is thrilled to be collaborating with writer Maya Sondhi, director Alex Pillai and star Parminder Nagra on such a thought-provoking series. DI Ray  is first and foremost a thriller, while Maya’s writing poses complex and timely questions about the nature of personal ethnic identity.”


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