ITV has commissioned new dramas from Anthony Horowitz, Sally Wainwright and Peter Morgan, which will be broadcast next year.
All three have been commissioned for ITV1 by director of drama commissioning Laura Mackie and controller of drama commissioning Sally Haynes.
Horowitz, who penned Collision for ITV, is writing Injustice, which will star James Purefoy as a criminal barrister “recovering from a traumatic series of events that have shaken his belief in the legal system”.
The five-part series is being produced by Horowitz’s own production company, Injustice Films Limited.
He said: “I’m delighted to be working with ITV again after the success of Collision. Laura Mackie asked me to come up with a psychological thriller that would keep audiences guessing to the end and I hope that with Injustice I’ve done just that.”
Meanwhile, Wainwright, who wrote Unforgiven for ITV1, is creating Scott and Bailey, which will star Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp.
They will play two homicide detectives and the six-part series is being made by Red Production Company, with which Wainwright worked with on Unforgiven.
Finally, Morgan’s drama is called The Jury and is a five-part series being made by ITV Studios.
ITV described the drama as a “character based series which focuses on the everyday people who find themselves at the centre of one of the most controversial criminal re-trials of their time”.
ITV director of television Peter Fincham said: “ITV is increasingly building a reputation for working with the very best writing and acting talent. These three new commissions, written by three of the UK’s most acclaimed screenwriters, join an impressive and varied range of drama for 2011. We are continuing to reinvigorate the ITV1 schedule, and continued investment in high quality original drama is at the very heart of that transformation.”