Anthony Horowitz is writing a new contemporary crime thriller about a pair of young investigators who are brought together by two seemingly unrelated cases.
News of the series comes just weeks after Horowitz announced the end of his ITV drama Foyle’s War.
New Blood will be a seven-part series airing on BBC One and produced by Eleventh Hour Films.
Junior investigators Stefan and Rash, who work for two different law enforcement divisions, are brought together by two seemingly unrelated cases.
The pair are opposites in almost every way but share the same frustrations with life – underpaid, unappreciated and undermined. Lumbered with huge university loans, they can’t afford to buy a house and have little or no job security.
New Blood will see the pair come up against the uber rich and powerful – corporations, individuals, governments and the new breed of criminals who hide behind legitimate facades and are guarded by lawyers.
As their friendship is cemented across the series they come to understand that by quietly pooling resources and combining their different skills they make a formidable crime solving force.
And at the same time they might be able to help each other up the promotional ladder – if they don’t get themselves fired along the way…
Anthony Horowitz says: “For a long time I’ve been wondering how to take a fresh approach to crime drama and I hope that with New Blood I’ve succeeded. This is a show about the so-called Y generation – young people starting out in their careers, the powerless against the powerful.
“It’s so refreshing to be writing about two central characters who are still in their late twenties and 21st century London is the perfect setting.”
Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Anthony Horowitz back to the BBC.
“In New Blood he has created a contemporary crime series that will take BBC One viewers into a modern and complex world, one that moves the genre into exciting new territory.”