Category: TV Drama; BBC FOUR; Scotland
Update posted 16 February 2007: The Acid Test is now known as Reichenbach Falls. It premieres on Thursday 1 March 2007 at 9pm on BBC FOUR. A press pack is available.
Alec Newman, Alastair Mackenzie and Nina Sosanya head up the cast in the
crime drama The Acid Test (working title), written by James Mavor (Split Second) and based on an original idea by acclaimed Scots crime author Ian Rankin.
Set in the heart of Edinburgh and featuring the underbelly of the capital city,
the one-off drama is a psychological thriller.
It tells the story of hard-boiled
detective Jim Buchan - played by Alec Newman (Angel, Murder Rooms, Enterprise) -
whose life starts to unravel as he investigates a 100-year-old murder case in
the Scottish capital.
Alastair Mackenzie (Monarch of the Glen, The Last Great Wilderness) plays Jack
Harvey, Buchan's former friend and best-selling crime novelist with something to
Buchan's investigation takes him into the dark underworld of Edinburgh's
literary past and leads him to question the very nature of his own existence.
The shattering truth will bring the lives of these two very different men
together and blow them apart.
BBC FOUR Controller Janice Hadlow says: "It's fantastic that the work of one of
the world's most celebrated crime writers is being adapted in such an original
way by James Mavor and with such a stellar cast for BBC FOUR.
"I'm thrilled to
welcome Ian Rankin back to the channel."
The drama is a journey into the psychological disintegration of a man on the
It also stars Nina Sosanya (Sorted, Casanova, Love
Actually) as Buchan's detective sidekick Sinead Burns; Richard Wilson (One Foot
In The Grave, Born & Bred) as Arthur Conan Doyle; John Sessions (Low Winter Sun,
The English Harem) as Professor Bell, an academic who assists the investigation;
and Laura Fraser (Casanova, A Knight's Tale) as Clara, Buchan's ex-wife
and Harvey's new partner, the woman at the heart of a complicated love triangle.
Gaynor Holmes, Producer, says: "It's a real treat to work with such an exciting
and unusual script alongside a very talented, predominately Scottish, cast and
"As well as filming in and around Edinburgh's beautiful landmarks, we're
also going to peal back the surface and take our story into some dark and
fascinating places the public don't get to see very often."
Filming for The Acid Test (working title) begins in September 2006 in locations around Edinburgh.
75-minute, one-off drama is scheduled for transmission on BBC FOUR and BBC
Scotland in Winter 2006/7.
The drama is directed by John McKay whose credits include forthcoming new
BBC drama Robin Hood, Life On Mars and the Canterbury Tales.
It is produced by
Gaynor Holmes and the Executive Producers are Anne Mensah and Richard Fell.
Notes to Editors
BBC FOUR has successfully brought highly distinctive dramas to the small-screen,
ranging from The Quatermass Experiment, Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky,
The Chatterley Affair and A for Andromeda, to single dramas about figures from
our recent past including The Alan Clark Diaries and Kenneth Williams: