BAFTA nominated drama Prey will return for a second series and a completely new story. “Murdoch’s an ordinary bloke, he’s out of his depth. He’s got to get from A to B and right now that’s not going to be easy. What’s his plan?”
Rosie Cavaliero will reprise her role as DS Susan Reinhardt following the ratings success and critical acclaim of the high-octane format. Produced by Red Production Company, the second series will once again be written by Prey creator Chris Lunt.
The new story will also star Philip Glenister who takes the role of Prison Officer David Murdoch. His life becomes complicated when on a routine visit to a Manchester hospital with female prisoner Jules Hope events spiral out of control. David takes a phone call, which will change his life forever and suddenly sees him on the wrong side of the law.
With the life of his heavily pregnant daughter, Emma, threatened, David has no alternative but to go ‘on the run’ and inadvertently becomes ‘the prey.’
Unaware of the danger to Emma, DS Susan Reinhardt the no-nonsense, hard-working cop whose personal happiness seems forever blighted tries to unravel why David is suddenly behaving totally out of character. With his reputation as a prison officer intact, Reinhardt attempts to unravel why he makes every effort to strenuously dodge the Police.
In some amazing chase sequences, Reinhardt and her police colleagues go in pursuit as in desperation David handcuffs himself to Jules. She is his only bargaining tool as he sets out to move ‘heaven and earth’ to find his beloved daughter.
The three part series will be executive produced by Red founder Nicola Shindler (Banana, Cucumber, Ordinary Lies, Happy Valley) and produced by Tom Sherry (Prey, Scott & Bailey, Ordinary Lies).
Prey will be filmed in Manchester, Salford and Blackpool from the beginning of May and will be directed by Lewis Arnold (Banana, Misfits, Humans).
The drama has been commissioned for ITV by Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea.
“Prey keeps you guessing every step of the way and I admire that about Chris Lunt’s scripts,” said Steve. “They are beautifully written, unpredictable and with real pace. Prey is a refreshing twist on the crime genre,” added Steve.
“The Prey format has proved hugely successful and we’re delighted Philip Glenister has agreed to feature with Rosie Cavaliero this series,” said Nicola Shindler. “We’re grateful to Chris Lunt for writing and devising another compelling story,” she added.
Prey returns later this year on ITV