Updated on 17 June 2021:
Vicky McClure has given Line Of Duty fans something to get very excited about. The actor just shared first-look stills from Jed Mercurio’s new crime series, Trigger Point. She also introduced us to the characters that the nation is no-doubt about to become obsessed with.
“Meet Lana Washington and Joel Nutkins,” she wrote in the caption. “We’re off to an explosive start! Can’t wait to reveal more as we go along… we’ve got an incredible cast! And the crew are creating absolute gold!”
McClure sounds just as excited as we are, and it’s easy to see why. In the photos, she is giving us some serious Line Of Duty vibes, as she wears protective police gear and a stern look on her face. But what’s the story behind the stills? Read on to find out everything you need to know about Trigger Point…
Updated on 4 June 2021: Vicky McClure made her name – and won a Bafta in 2011 – for her role as Lol in the peerless This Is England. Roles in Broadchurch and The Replacement followed, but it’s as Line of Duty’s Kate Fleming that it seems the talented actor has well and truly found her groove. Not to mention, of course, won fans all over the country.
“I’m so grateful to be working with Jed again,” McClure said of the project at the time, after tweeting that “it’s shaping up to be a busy and exciting year”.
“I’m really looking forward to creating a strong, bright and troubled character in Lana Washington, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Now, it’s been confirmed that none other than Life and Trauma actor Adrian Lester will star alongside McClure in the thriller series.
“I’m really looking forward to partnering with Vicky on this great new series,” says Lester of the project.
“Jed Mercurio’s material is always great. This series is ambitious and challenging which is why it’s exciting to be a part of the team.”
Excited? Us too. With that in mind, here’s everything we know about ITV’s Trigger Point so far.
What is Trigger Point about?
As reported on 25 February 2020: Trigger Point is all about counter terrorism policing and the terrifying work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad.
Can we get just a little more detail than that, please?
Oh, go on then. Trigger Point will focus on the Bomb Disposal Squad. Known as “Expo”, officers risk their lives daily on ‘the long walk’ towards danger.
To quote ITV’s chilling tagline, “death is always just a heartbeat away”.
Who does Vicky McClure play in Trigger Point?
Well, it sounds like McClure has a brilliant character to sink her acting chops into with Lana Washington.
An experienced (albeit reckless and out of control) bomb disposal operative, the show will see Lana pushed to breaking point when a series of improvised explosive devices are used to threaten the capital during a “terrorist summer campaign”.
Placed under extreme pressure and searching for answers, Lana can’t help but become suspicious that the bomber is premeditatedly targeting her unit. If she’s wrong, then it seems her paranoia has finally got the best of her. But, if she’s correct, how does she prove it?
And, most importantly, how will she go about discovering the bomber’s real identity?
Who wrote Trigger Point?
Daniel Brierley may have several short films to his name, including Checkpoint and Graceland, but this is his debut television drama commission. We have good feelings about the screenwriter, though, especially as Mercurio has chosen to mentor him and Trigger Point.
“I’m thrilled to be working with Jed, HTM and ITV to bring Trigger Point to the screen,” Brierley said. “I couldn’t ask for a better Lana than Vicky and it’s an honour to be given the chance to tell the exciting and unknown story of the brave EXPO officers who risk their lives every day to keep us safe.”
What has Jed Mercurio said about Trigger Point?
It’s early days, so not a lot at present. However, he has issued a statement which reads: “Everyone at HTM Television is honoured Vicky McClure will star in Trigger Point, Daniel Brierley’s breathless thriller that will have viewers on the edge of their seats.
“We’re immensely grateful to Polly Hill and ITV for giving this opportunity to a brand-new writer.”
Who else is set to join the cast of Trigger Point?
As well as McClure and Lester, further cast includes Mark Stanley (Honour) as DI Thom Youngblood, Warren Brown (Luther) as Karl Maguire, Kerry Godliman (After Life) as Sonya Reeves, Cal MacAninch (Des) as Lee Robins SCO19, Manjinder Virk (Midsomer Murders) as Samira Desai SO15 and Ralph Ineson (The Capture) as Commander Bregman.
When and where can we watch Trigger Point?
Hold your horses, they haven’t even started filming yet! McClure and the rest of the cast are due to begin working on the project later in the year, with a predicted release date of 2021. And, naturally, it will air on ITV.
Images: BBC One, ITV
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