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Production Begins on Irvine Welsh Adaptation Crime


Crime, an original crime thriller adapted from the best-selling novel by Irvine Welsh, is headed into production in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Crime, which marks Welsh’s first adaptation for television, will be exclusive to BritBox UK. The series will become available to subscribers in the latter half of 2021.

The six-episode series stars Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible 2, Batwoman, The Woman in White) as Detective Inspector Ray Lennox, who is investigating the disappearance of a schoolgirl while battling his own personal demons. It is directed by James Strong (Liar, Broadchurch, Vigil) and David Blair (Isolation Stories, The Barking Murders).

Crime is being produced by David Blair for Buccaneer Media and Off Grid Film and TV. Welsh is adapting his novel for the screen alongside long-standing screenwriting partner Dean Cavanagh (Creation Stories).

Dougray Scott commented: “Irvine Welsh is one of Scotland’s greatest-ever writers and I am proud and excited to be working on his first adaptation for television. It’s an honor to be working with such a talented cast and creative team.”

Director James Strong added: “I’m thrilled to be starting production on this dramatic execution of Irvine’s brilliant novel. With a great cast in place, we’re working together to create a classy work of pathos and genuine emotional quality which is grounded in gritty realism. Viewers can expect a dark, visceral, shocking ride”.

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