New BBC Two drama, Murder, marks UK debut of director of The Killing

I can say without exaggeration that it was the best script I have seen since The Killing."Birger Larsen, Director
Date: 13.07.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.12
Category: BBC Two; Drama
Marking the UK debut of Birger Larsen - the director behind critically acclaimed Danish series The Killing - Murder is a new drama for BBC Two.

It is co-created by Robert Jones and Kath Mattock, the writer/producer team behind the BAFTA-winning series Buried for Channel 4, who first worked together on Cops for the BBC.

“I can say without exaggeration that it was the best script I have seen since The Killing. I was attracted to the fact that it’s written in such a way that the actors talk direct to camera. It feels original and intimate. You’re drawn into their world – you see it through their eyes,” says Birger Larsen.

Sisters Coleen (Karla Crome) and Erin (Lara Rossi) have an intense and volatile relationship. All they have is each other. They meet Stefan (Joe Dempsie) who is passing through town, hours later one of them is dead. All we have to go on is what the two survivors tell us. Who did it? And why?

Writer Robert Jones, together with producer Kath Mattock, spent months in the public galleries of the Old Bailey researching. Using personal testimony, Murder revisits the missing moments in search of the truth. Intercut with CCTV footage, flashback and forensic evidence, the protagonists speak direct to camera giving their version of events, one after the other. Although Murder never enters the courtroom, it uses the same principle: the protagonists get to tell their story, and we get to judge who and what we believe. But where does the truth lie when the different versions don’t add up?

“Robert Jones has found a really fresh and innovative way of telling crime stories and in doing so has created a unique format. It is a testament to the strength of his script that such a strong team has been brought together both in front of and behind the camera,” said BBC Executive Producer, Matthew Read.

The cast includes rising star Karla Crome (Hit And Miss), and Lara Rossi (Tender Napalm) as sisters Coleen and Erin Lowell; Joe Dempsie (Skins) as Stefan; Stephen Dillane (The Hours, Game Of Thrones) as Defence QC Arlo Raglin; Robert Pugh (Justice, Game Of Thrones) as D.I Sheehy; Lauren Socha (Misfits) as Deena; Kate Donnelly (Buried) as the pathologist; and newcomer Darren Campbell as Coleen’s boyfriend, Heskett Jupp.

Director: Birger Larsen; Producer: Kath Mattock; Executive Producer: Rob Pursey; BBC Executive Producer: Matthew Read

Murder was commissioned by Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning and Janice Hadlow, Controller BBC Two. It is a Touchpaper TV production for BBC Scotland. Touchpaper is a Zodiak Media Company.