Hunter, a new two-part drama from BBC Drama Production for BBC One
Hugh Bonneville (Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story, Lost In Austen) and Janet McTeer (Sense And Sensibility, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard) star as detective team Barclay and Foster in Hunter, a gripping new two-part drama from BBC Drama Production for BBC One, to broadcast in BBC Week 3 2009.
Writer Mick Ford (George Gently, Ashes To Ashes, William And Mary) has taken the engaging and charismatic duo of Det Supt Iain Barclay and DS Amy Foster created by Gwyneth Hughes in the critically acclaimed series Five Days, and put them at the heart of a team of compelling and unpredictable detectives who are faced with a shocking and highly sensitive crime.
When extremists kidnap two seven-year-old boys from very different backgrounds and promise to release them only if their radical demands are met, the case falls into the hands of the intuitive and pragmatic Iain Barclay.
Faced with a relatively inexperienced and increasingly unreliable team, Barclay soon calls his firm friend and faithful deputy Amy Foster out of "early retirement" and away from the bottle to support him in solving what emerges to be a highly sensitive crime.
Foster isn't afraid to ruffle a few feathers to get the job done with her assertive and pragmatic attitude – and instantly begins to whip the team into shape to start piecing together the details of the abductions.
Emails begin to arrive at Barclay's office, which have also been sent to national media, with images attached of the two boys seemingly unconscious – with the word SACRED written on their bodies.
The photos have been sent from untraceable mobile phones hundreds of miles apart and it would appear that there is a network of people involved.
The following morning a package containing the boys' clothing is delivered to the offices of BBC Birmingham, and the fanatics' request is finally revealed to Barclay and his team: show the film of their cause on the national news bulletins, or the boys will be killed.
The clock is ticking for Barclay and his team. With children's lives at risk, the families' of the boys demanding to know answers, and no leads as to who is behind the abductions, the detectives are faced with a hugely complicated moral dilemma for which there is no easy or comfortable solution.
Kate Harwood, BBC Controller Series and Serials, says: "In Hunter, Mick Ford has created a rare thing – a suspenseful thriller which is driven by human characters and the day to day detail of the real world.
"The combination of his exceptional script and the wonderful chemistry of the cast makes this truly unmissable event drama."
The 2 x 60-minute drama is produced by Emma Benson (Life Begins, Cold Feet), with Jessica Pope (Sense And Sensibility, Hawking) and Simon Curtis (director of the forthcoming A Short Stay In Switzerland, and Cranford) as Executive Producers.
Hunter was directed by Colm McCarthy (Spooks, The Tudors, Murphy's Law).
Hunter is a BBC Drama Production and was commissioned by Jane Tranter, Controller, BBC Fiction.
Hunter is also being shown on the BBC HD channel – the BBC's High Definition channel available through Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
With up to five times more detail than standard definition television, HD gives you exceptionally vivid colours and crisp pictures to make Hunter a truly cinematic TV experience.