Police thrillers are getting grittier nowadays and ITV’s Dark Heart, based on the novels by Adam Creed, is set to follow suit. Last week ITV announced that it would be airing The Frankenstein Chronicles set in the murky heart of 19th century London. Fast forward 150 years and Leadenhall’s disturbing crimes are no longer investigated by a rugged Victorian Sean Bean, but by an equally tenacious Tom Riley playing DI Will Wagstaffe, or ‘Staffe’ to his chums.
Staffe is not known for being a stickler to the rules as he remains hellbent on finding the person who killed his parents when he was just 16. With his professionality on the job and relationships with those close to him, including his sister (Charlotte Riley), being questioned, such past demons can only serve as a spanner in the works for our lead’s story, a bad prospect for him, but something we will relish. With a series of gruesome murders on the cards, its Staffe’s job to stop the body count from rising before his own spirals dangerously out of control.
Award-winning writer Chris Lang, who is adapting the series for television, focuses on this unique premise, ‘For me he is that most unusual of things, a TV cop whose personal story is as compelling as the cases he investigates.’ He’s also clear on his enjoyment in working with, ‘the hugely talented Mr Riley.’
Most of the cast are veterans of the crime genre and can bring a certain level of performative polish to Dark Heart and there’s good chemistry between lead Tom Riley and director Colin Teague who worked together on Da Vinci’s Demons. Charlotte riley gave a standout performance in Peaky Blinders and we've also seen her in Close to the Enemy.
Will this new six-part detective thriller be enough to give Luther a run for its money? We hope so. That’s why we can’t wait to see what Dark Heart is like later this year.
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