Messiah writer Mickery pens new ITV crime drama

Liz Thomas

Messiah writer Lizzie Mickery has created a new drama for ITV1 entitled Instinct.

The show follows DCI Thomas Flynn – played by Anthony Flanagan from Shameless, Vincent and the new Cracker – as a brusque cop with a troubled personal life, who has to find a serial killer stalking the quiet of rural Lancashire.

Instinct is produced by Tightrope, the award winning, independent production company founded by Shameless creator Paul Abbott and renowned producer Hilary Bevan-Jones, the new chair of Bafta and an Emmy award winner for The Girl in the Cafe. It will be filmed in and around the Rossendale Valley, in the Lancashire Pennines.

Executive producer Bevan-Jones said “Lizzie Mickery has devised a riveting plot set against the atmospheric backdrop of the Rossendale valley. Viewers will be second guessing until the final moments of the drama.”

Silent Witness’ Tom Ward, Claire Hackett, Michael Hodgson and Christine Bottomley also star in the two-parter due to be screened on ITV1 in early 2007.

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