Andrew Lincoln to Star in New ITV Thriller


ITV has commissioned the new six-part thriller Cold Water, starring Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead, Teachers).

Written by award-winning playwright David Ireland (The Lovers, Ulster American, Cyprus Avenue) and produced by SISTER (Eric, This Is Going To Hurt, Chernobyl), Cold Water is set in a fictional Scottish village. Lincoln plays a repressed man who is shocked to find himself in middle age and secretly raging at his life as a stay-at-home dad. When his long-repressed rage comes to a head with disastrous results, he soon finds himself unexpectedly indebted to a new friend.

Ewen Bremner (Our Flag Means Death, Trainspotting), Indira Varma (Obsession, Obi-Wan Kenobi) and Eve Myles (Hijack, Keeping Faith) star alongside Lincoln.

ITV Studios will handle the international distribution of the series.

Ireland, writer, creator and exec producer, commented: “Cold Water started with a question I was asking myself. Where do I want to live—the countryside or the city? Such an innocent beginning, but from it came this dark, funny, twisted thriller. I was delighted when Sister loved the script and thrilled when ITV decided to commission it. And I’m amazed we’ve managed to attract such a peerless cast, led by the formidable Andrew Lincoln. I hope viewers will find it intoxicating.”

Polly Hill, ITV’s head of drama, added: “We are very excited for ITV to be the home for this brilliant new thriller exploring masculinity, religion and ultimately murder. David’s scripts are wonderful and original and have attracted an incredible cast led by Andrew Lincoln. It promises to be a really unmissable drama, and I am delighted to be working with Jane Featherstone again and her brilliant team at SISTER.”

Chris Fry, managing director and exec producer at SISTER, said: “The rural idyll of Coldwater is at first glance a place where nothing bad could ever happen, but you know with David’s bold, subversive writing darkness is always lurking just beneath the surface. David is a master of crafting morally complex characters that you feel utterly compelled to watch, and we can’t put these scripts down. Led by the incredible Andrew Lincoln, Ewen Bremner, Indira Varma and Eve Myles, Cold Water is a thriller that will surprise, horrify and delight in equal measure. Myself and my brilliant fellow executive producers, Alice Tyler, Lydia Hampson and Jane Featherstone at SISTER are excited to be partnering once again with Polly, ITV, the teams at ITV Studios.”