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Laura Fraser leads ITV thriller, as filming begins…

ITV has commissioned Loch Ness, a new six-part thrilling murder mystery starring an ensemble cast.

Written by Stephen Brady (Fortitude, Silent Witness), with Scotland’s most iconic loch as a backdrop, the drama is lead by Laura Fraser (Houdini and Doyle), Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley) and John Sessions (Upstart Crow), alongside Don Gilet (EastEnders), Gray O’Brien (Coronation Street) and William Ash (The Tunnel).

In a community nourished and sustained by myth and bordered by untamed nature, the search for a serial killer becomes a matter of life and death for local detective Annie Redford who is trying to cope with her first murder case. When the body of local man Niall Swift is found at the foot of Carn Mohr Mountain and an isolated human heart on the loch shore, the town’s normality is shattered and the nightmare begins.

Loch Ness will introduce Annie and her family – husband Alan, a tour boat operator on the loch and their only child Evie, who at 18, is about to leave home for Australia.  The Redford’s are an ordinary loving family with an ordinary set of problems, yet the pressure of a murder investigation will undermine their stability and create tensions that threaten to disrupt and destroy their lives together.

Within the tightly knit community, several local characters will come under suspicion as the monster lurking in their midst begins to terrify and rock the village to its core. Forensic profiler, Blake Albrighton, will assist on the case offering insights borne from the last four cases he’s helped crack with his distinctive way of working.

Executive Producer Tim Haines commented: “Serial killers are monsters that lie beneath the surface of normal happy communities. Where better to hunt for one than in a place that has thrived off its own monster myth for centuries – Loch Ness.”

ITV’s Controller of Drama, Victoria Fea said: “Loch Ness is a gripping, tightly-plotted drama which focuses on how a serial killer terrifies a local community. Stephen Brady’s compelling scripts utilise the wilderness of Loch Ness perfectly.”

Loch Ness began filming in the Highlands of Scotland in last month (June 2016) and is made by ITV Studios. The drama is directed by Brian Kelly (Downton AbbeyOutlander) and Cilla Ware.