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Wednesday 24 Sep 2014

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The Field Of Blood – BBC Scotland drama to adapt acclaimed novel

Adapated from the popular Denise Mina novel, and written and directed by David Kane (Taggart, Rebus, Sea Of Souls), The Field Of Blood, made by Slate North through BBC Scotland, is the latest drama to be filmed and set in Scotland, announced today by Anne Mensah, Head of Drama, Scotland and Head of Independent Drama.

Set in Glasgow, 1982, crime drama The Field Of Blood centres on would-be journalist Paddy Meehan, a young copygirl working in a newspaper office.

Stuck in an almost exclusively male-dominated world of limited opportunities and cynicism, Paddy dreams of becoming an investigative journalist – believing that in miscarriages of justice, reporters are sometimes the only hope.

Funny, smart, and feisty, Paddy seizes an opportunity to kick start her career and becomes embroiled in a dark murder case. For Paddy, it's the opportunity of a lifetime but comes at great personal cost...

Filming on The Field Of Blood, a thrilling investigative drama, begins in October with casting to be announced in the coming weeks. The drama will transmit on BBC One Scotland in 2011.

Written and directed by David Kane and made by Slate North, The Field Of Blood will be produced by Willy Wands (River City, Rebus, The Magdalene Sisters). Executive producers are Andrea Calderwood (The Last King Of Scotland, Generation Kill) for Slate North, Gaynor Holmes for BBC Scotland and Leslie Finley for Creative Scotland.

The Field Of Blood was commissioned by Ewan Angus, Commissioning Editor, Scotland.

Gaynor Holmes, executive producer, BBC Scotland says: "Andrea, David and Willie are a stellar team and it's wonderful working with them again. In Paddy, Denise Mina has created a captivating, warm and funny character whom David Kane has beautifully brought to life in this TV adaptation. I'm certain the audience will fall in love with her."

Andrea Calderwood, adds: "I'm delighted BBC Scotland and Creative Scotland are backing us to make this original new TV drama. Denise Mina is a fantastic crime writer and David Kane is one of Scotland's most talented writer-directors – the combination of them and the great team we're working with is shaping up to make The Field of Blood a really attention-grabbing and entertaining show."

Caroline Parkinson, Creative Director, Creative Scotland, said: "Creative Scotland is delighted to be working with Andrea Calderwood at Slate North and BBC Scotland, in bringing to life the first of the Paddy Meehan series, The Field of Blood by Denise Mina to Scottish audiences. A gripping two-part thriller, it will be set and filmed in Glasgow and Creative Scotland hopes that this marks the first in a long series from this impressive team."

The Field Of Blood follows in the footsteps of distinctive drama from BBC Scotland including Case Histories (BBC One), Young James (BBC One), Single Father (BBC One), The Deep (BBC One), Lip Service (BBC Three), One Night In Emergency (BBC One Scotland), River City (BBC One Scotland), Waterloo Road (BBC One) and Wallander (BBC One).


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