In some great news, James Nesbitt is set to star in Bloodlands (not Darklands), a new BBC drama from Jed Mercurio, the producer behind Line of Duty and Bodyguard.
Nesbitt will play the role of Tom Brannick, a PSNI detective who investigates an infamous cold case, with the BBC describing the show's premise as:
"When a car containing a possible suicide note is pulled out of Strangford Lough, Northern Irish police detective Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) quickly connects it to an infamous cold case with enormous personal significance. Bloodlands follows his dogged hunt for a legendary assassin, an explosive cat-and-mouse game where the stakes have never been higher."
Written by Chris Brandon, the show will be produced by HTM Television, and given their co-owner, Mercurio's track record, this should be top quality. HTM Television's executive producer, Jimmy Mulville spoke of how excited they are about setting the show in Ireland:
“We’re thrilled to be making our first HTM drama not just in Northern Ireland but about Northern Ireland. This is a compelling edge-of-the-seat thriller which couldn’t be more timely. The 'Irish noir' genre has arrived!”
Line of Duty season 6 is expected to air next year while we're unfortunately still a long way from a second season of Bodyguard, the most-watched new drama on BBC in a decade.