Channel 4 has commissioned a new four-part drama about a spate of shootings in a fictional English market town.
Southcliffe has been commissioned by head of drama Piers Wenger and “explores tragedy, grief, responsibility and redemption seen through the eyes of a journalist returning to the small town of his childhood”.
It has been written by Tony Grisoni, who penned Red Riding and The Unloved for the broadcaster.
He said: “Southcliffe is a fictional market town inhabited by fictional characters, but with similarities to many actual people and places in Britain today. Invisible people, anonymous places. The inexplicable chain of events at the dark heart of this four-part drama shatters time and space for Southcliffe’s inhabitants.”
He added: “Southcliffe is an anthem to ordinary people’s ability to reinvent themselves in the face of ultimate darkness.”
The series is being directed by Sean Durkin and will be broadcast on Channel 4 in 2013.