The BBC is keeping tight-lipped about its latest thrilling miniseries Inside Man, but series writer and creator Steven Moffat has revealed some further details on what we can expect.
BBC thrillers really are just a superb TV genre within their own right, aren’t they? We became recently obsessed with Chloe and Mood, which both relied on the stark reality of social media to scare us witless. The Tourist and The Girl Before kept us guessing till the very last moments and now, it seems like we’re in for a similarly suspenseful premise in Inside Man.
Not much is currently known about the upcoming series but with the help of first-look images, we can see the star-studded ensemble (It’s A Sin’s breakout star Lydia West, Stanley Tucci and David Tennant) in action. Plot details are being kept under wraps but what is apparent is that the story will follow a prisoner on death row in the United States, a vicar in a quiet English town, and a maths teacher trapped in a cellar.
“Well, let’s keep it mysterious,” Moffat said when asked what viewers could expect from Inside Man. “I’m trying to think of anything I can say about it.”
It seems, though, that the new series will turn everything we knew about crime thrillers on its head. He said: “Most detective shows are whodunits. This one is more like a ‘who will do it’. Or possibly a ‘you done it’. Its central idea is anyone can be a murderer. And it won’t be the one you expect.”
The images, which were released by the BBC late last year, have been the subject of increased fanfare.
They show a forlorn Tucci as the titular Inside Man, David Tennant as a vicar and West possibly assisting Tucci in prison. Elsewhere, we see Pursuit Of Love’s Dolly Wells and Hanna’s Lyndsey Marshal also being part of the main cast.
While no information accompanies the imagery, the show is already set to be a hit among BBC thriller fans. Written and created by Moffat (who is also known for his work on Dracula and Sherlock), and executive produced by Sue Vertue for Hartswood Films, both have said: “This is the best ensemble we’ve ever had the chance to work with. It’s a rare privilege to see scripts come to life as beautifully as this.”
The miniseries will consist of four 60-minute episodes and will be coming to our screens via BBC One and BBC iPlayer next year.
Ben Irving, commissioning editor of BBC Drama also says: “Steven Moffat has created another brilliantly original and darkly playful series in Inside Man and it’s no surprise that it has attracted such an extraordinary cast. This will be a ‘must-watch’ when it lands.”
Additional casting news has also been released and includes Lyndsey Marshal (Dracula), Atkins Estimond (Hightown), Mark Quarterly (Cursed), Tilly Vosburgh (Maigret), Louis Oliver (Midnight Mass), Kate Dickie (The Witch) and Dylan Baker (Hunters).
Of course, we have a little while to wait for this drama but it does seem as though it will be both short and very intriguing when it finally does come to our screens.
Watch this space for updates.