Crime writer Machin to pen three-part thriller for ITV

Exclusive: Waking the Dead creator Barbara Machin is taking a brief departure from the crime genre for her latest project, a three-part thriller for ITV called Map of Love.

Machin, whose most recent television offering, the crime drama Kiss of Death, was shown on BBC1 on Monday, said the new ITV programme revolves around three sisters and described the drama as a “relationship thriller”.

Like Kiss of Death, which had a plot that was explored from each of the different characters’ viewpoints, each one-hour episode of the new drama will focus on a different sister, allowing the story to be told from their perspective.

Machin told The Stage: “Each time you learn something you had not known before and there is a big shock surprise at the end. I do take the audience back and forward in time, but each episode leads to a great big event which I revisit with each sister.”

She added: “It is very refreshing to leave the bodies behind for a short period, but having said that, I still enjoy playing with story structure and the whole point of view thing works so well with families.

“We have all been to an event where each family member will have a different story about what happened.

“I am enjoying the way I am using my crime structure within the family structure and seeing what it gives me.”

A spokeswoman for ITV confirmed the three-part series was in development for the broadcaster. No casting has been announced.

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