UKTV has commissioned a new six-part thriller from Gaby Hull, writer of ITV’s Cheat, for its crime-themed channel, Alibi.
Produced by BBC Studios, the six-part drama begins with the collision of two extraordinary people; Babeni (Baba), a former child soldier desperate to suppress his predisposition for violence, and Freddy, a magnetic and disarmingly charming free spirit.
When Baba rescues Freddy from an attack following a date that has turned sour, something dark is ignited in them both.
Described as a “bold new take on the classic cat and mouse story”, the thriller also follows DI Lola Franks and DCI Jackson Reid as they try to outsmart the killers.
The drama is the second to be jointly commissioned by UKTV & BBC Studios following Traces from Red Production Company which was announced in February.
Casting details and a director will be announced over the coming months, with the series due to air exclusively on Alibi in 2020. BBC Studios is handling distribution internationally.
UKTV drama commissioner Philippa Collie Cousins said: “I was so gripped by Gaby’s writing.
“We Hunt Together is a fresh, funny and dark roller coaster ride with filmic undertones that provide echoes of early Hitchcock or Tony Scott’s True Romance and takes the genre one step further.”
Alibi channel director Emma Ayech added: “We Hunt Together immediately stood out as a bold and original piece of writing.
“I’m thrilled that we are bringing it to Alibi as our second piece of original crime drama. Gaby Hull’s script will take viewers on a wild ride that encapsulates the freshness we are looking for as the Alibi brand matures.”
Hilary Salmon, Executive Producer, BBC Studios said: “It’s fantastic to be working with Gaby and UKTV on this daring new drama about what happens when two damaged people collide and act out dormant compulsions.
“It promises to explore the intoxication of sexual attraction and the dangerous power of emotional manipulation, not one for the faint-hearted.”
“We set out with Philippa to discover distinctive, compelling stories to be told and produced by the best of UK talent.
“I’m thrilled that we’re continuing to surpass our ambitions and to be working with such a brilliant team in bringing We Hunt Together to both the UK and our international audiences.” added BBC Studios Director of Drama, Martin Rakusen.