ITV has announced new detective drama McDonald & Dodds to star Jason Watkins and Tala Gouveia.
Produced by Mammoth Screen, the series of feature length crime mysteries will feature two intriguing stories in its first outing.
McDonald & Dodds (originally titled Invisible) is created and written by screenwriter, Robert Murphy (lead writer on DCI Banks).
A synopsis reads: "Set in Bath, two feature-length films pair the wildly ambitious DCI McDonald with the shy, modest DS Dodds. While McDonald has transferred from the mean streets of South London to leap up the career ladder, Dodds has happily languished on the shelf for most of his working life.
"McDonald is a tough, driven, battering ram of a cop who cracks cases through sheer force of will; Dodds – the tortoise to her hare – is quiet, unassuming and enigmatic. But thrust back into frontline action for the first time in a decade, he discovers a hidden talent for deciphering puzzles."
Each episode will take us into a new story world - from a greed-fueled murder in the upper echelons of Bath society to an unexplained death in a private hospital for recovering addicts.
With a classic crime story at its heart, McDonald & Dodds combines intriguing plots and the journey of two 'fish-out-of-water' detectives with warmth and humour.
ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill said: “Invisible will be executive produced by Robert Murphy and by Preethi Mavahalli and Damien Timmer for Mammoth, and filmed on location in the west country. Richard Senior (Poldark, Humans, Doctor Who) will direct the first feature-length episode. ITV’s Drama Commissioner, Huw Kennair Jones, will oversee production of the drama from the channel’s perspective."
Damien Timmer added: “We’re delighted to have Tala Gouveia and Jason Watkins on board to bring the McDonald and Dodds to life. With the city of modern Bath as the backdrop to their double act, and with Robert’s scripts which crackle with wit, modernity and cleverness, I’m confident viewers will be gripped as they investigate their first intriguing cases together.
"Robert Murphy has created a brilliant new partnership in Dodds and McDonald and I'm thrilled they will be played by Jason Watkins and Tala Gouveia. I think this is a fresh and contemporary double act that the audience will love, and we are delighted to be working with Mammoth to bring them to ITV next year.”
McDonald & Dodds will air on ITV in 2020.