BBC One drama Cuffs announces cast and commences filming in Brighton

With her incredible wit, authenticity and balls-out storytelling, Julie Gearey is taking the cop show genre back to basics to create a fresh and bold series, bang up to date for 2015. Will Gould, Head of Drama, Tiger Aspect
Cuffs, the new fast-paced contemporary cop show commissioned by BBC One, commences filming this week.

The cast is fronted by Ashley Walters (Top Boy, Small Island) Peter Sullivan (The Borgias, State Of Play), Amanda Abbington (Sherlock, Mr Selfridge), Shaun Dooley (Exile, The Game), Paul Ready (Utopia, Ripper Street), Eleanor Matsuura (Utopia, Vexed) and Alex Carter (Hollyoaks, Emmerdale). Cuffs also introduces Jacob Ifan in his first leading television role.

Cuffs is a fresh, authentic and visceral drama that will take the audience on an exhilarating ride through the challenges of front-line policing. Adrenalized and vibrant, the show is packed full of dramatic incidents and colourful characters. From a booby trapped cannabis farm in a suburban semi to an elderly farmer’s wife with a shotgun, the stories are surprising and exciting. There will be more absurd altercations - such as a middle-class dog-napping or fisticuffs between pensioners - as well as the daily grind of speeding drivers, city-centre shoplifters and Saturday night drinkers.

Written by Julie Gearey (Prisoners’ Wives, Secret Diary Of A Call Girl) Cuffs is packed full of humour and humanity. A character-led drama as well as a police procedural, this is a show where the characters have to deal with everything the job throws at them and where work-based pressures are not left at the station door.

Tiger Aspect’s Head of Drama Will Gould says: "We are thrilled to start filming Cuffs today. With her incredible wit, authenticity and balls-out storytelling - Julie Gearey is taking the cop show genre back to basics to create a fresh and bold series, bang up to date for 2015. And we can't wait for her vision to be brought to life by director Anthony Philipson and our extraordinarily talented and diverse cast."

Cuffs was commissioned for BBC One by Ben Stephenson, Controller Drama Commissioning and Polly Hill, Head of Independent Drama. It will be Executive Produced for Tiger Aspect by Head of Drama, Will Gould and by Julie Gearey and co-Executive Produced by Iona Vrolyk. Polly Hill Executive Produces for BBC One. It will be produced by Trevor Hopkins. Cuffs will shoot in Brighton, Shoreham-by-Sea and surrounding areas.

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