Katherine Kelly to star in BBC Scotland drama, Field Of Blood: The Dead Hour

I’m delighted to join the cast of Field Of Blood: The Dead Hour. I think Davy's [Kane] scripts are fantastic, along with his vision for the show."Katherine Kelly
Date: 29.11.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.16
Category: Scotland
Acclaimed actress, Katherine Kelly will star alongside David Morrissey, Jayd Johnson and Ford Kiernan in the second series of BBC Scotland’s thrilling crime drama Field Of Blood: The Dead Hour, made by Slate Films North, which started filming in Glasgow this week.

Kelly (Coronation Street, The Best Possible Taste) plays ambitious new editor-in-chief, a no-nonsense woman in a man’s world, determined to bring the newspaper into the modern age, against editor Murray Devlin’s (David Morrissey, The Walking Dead, True Love, Five Days) wishes.

Following on from BBC Scotland’s award-winning drama Field Of Blood, The Dead Hour takes Paddy (BAFTA Scotland winner Jayd Johnson, River City) through the changing face of journalism, set against the backdrop of the miners’ strike, as she tries to carve a career for herself in the ferociously male-dominated world of 1980s newspaper journalism.

With Maloney and Devlin at loggerheads in the newsroom, an innocuous call about a disturbance in an affluent part of the city leads Paddy and reporter George McVie (Ford Kiernan, Still Game, Sea Of Souls) to uncover dirty tricks, police corruption, a government cover-up and cold blooded murder.

Katherine Kelly is thrilled to be part of the drama: "I’m delighted to join the cast of Field Of Blood: The Dead Hour. I think Davy's [Kane] scripts are fantastic, along with his vision for the show. Maloney is a ferociously ambitious character and I'm excited to play such a ruthless, yet complicated, woman. I'm really looking forward to filming in Glasgow with a top class cast and crew. "

Adapted from the popular Denise Mina novel, Field Of Blood: The Dead Hour is written and directed by David Kane (Shetland, Taggart, Rebus) and also stars Amy Manson (Misfits, Young James Herriot, Being Human), David Hayman (Lewis, Robin Hood, Trial & Retribution), Ron Donachie (Downton Abbey, Waterloo Road, Bob Servant Independent) and Michael Nardone (Skins, River City, Blackwatch) alongside established cast including Bronagh Gallagher (The Accused, Tamara Drew, Pram Face), Brian Pettifer (Hattie, Rab C Nesbitt) and Matt Costello (Taggart, Rab C Nesbitt, Still Game)

A Slate Films North production for BBC Scotland with support from Creative Scotland, the drama is produced by Willy Wands (Young James Herriot, Midnight Man, River City) and executive produced by Andrea Calderwood (The Last King Of Scotland, Generation Kill) for Slate North, Christopher Aird (Shetland, Call The Midwife, Prisoners’ Wives) for BBC Scotland with support from Creative Scotland. Field Of Blood was commissioned by Ewan Angus, Commissioning Editor, Scotland.

Christopher Aird, BBC Scotland Head of Drama & Executive Producer, says: “Field Of Blood: The Dead Hour will see the return of the brilliant characters and stories that made the first series so authentically thrilling. This second series builds on the success of the first; I’m very excited we have Katherine Kelly, one of the best young actresses in the country, playing opposite David Morrissey.”

Andrea Calderwood, Executive Producer Slate North, adds: “I'm delighted to be continuing the great collaboration between David Kane and Denise Mina. We have a fantastic new character played by Katherine Kelly, and some dramatic and surprising new challenges for all our characters in a bold and timely thriller."

Filming on Field Of Blood: The Dead Hour started this week on location in Glasgow until late December and the drama will transmit on the BBC in 2013.

Field Of Blood: The Dead Hour follows in the footsteps of distinctive drama from BBC Scotland including Shetland (BBC One), Case Histories (BBC One), Waterloo Road (BBC One) and River City (BBC One Scotland).

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