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Trigger Point: ITV announces new thriller starring Vicky McClure and Adrian Lester

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ITV has announced brand new thriller Trigger Point which will star Vicky McClure and Adrian Lester.

The series will be written by Daniel Brierley and produced by Jed Mercurio’s HTM Television.

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A synopsis teases: "Counter terrorism policing and the terrifying work of the Metropolitan Police Bomb Disposal Squad are the breath-taking backdrop for new ITV drama commission, Trigger Point, starring Vicky McClure, written by Daniel Brierley and produced by Jed Mercurio’s company, HTM Television.

"Set in contemporary London, Trigger Point, is a high-octane six-part thriller series focusing on the Bomb Disposal Squad. Known as “Expo”, officers risk their lives daily on ‘the long walk’ towards danger. Death is always just a heartbeat away. "

Vicky McClure (Line of Duty, I Am Nicola) will play front line officer Lana Washington, an experienced bomb disposal operative.

Adrian Lester (Life, Trauma) plays Joel Nutkins, who works alongside her. Both ex-military, the pair are close, having served together in Afghanistan.

ITV reveal: "Reckless and out of control, Lana is ex-military and pushed to breaking point dealing with a series of improvised explosive devices which threaten the capital during a terrorist summer campaign.

"Under extreme pressure and searching for answers, Lana can’t help but become suspicious that the bomber is premeditatedly targeting her unit. It’s a terrifying thought, but against all odds how does she prove it and discover the bomber’s real identity?"

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Further cast includes Mark Stanley (Honour) as DI Thom Youngblood, Warren Brown (Luther) as Karl Maguire, Kerry Godliman (After Life) as Sonya Reeves, Cal MacAninch (Des) as Lee Robins SCO19, Manjinder Virk (Midsomer Murders) as Samira Desai SO15 and Ralph Ineson (The Capture) as Commander Bregman.

Vicky McClure said: "So grateful to be working with Jed again. I’m really looking forward to creating a strong, bright and troubled character in Lana Washington. Daniel Brierley has produced a brilliant and nail-biting script. I can’t wait to get started later this year.”

Adrian Lester added: "I’m really looking forward to partnering with Vicky on this great new series. Jed Mercurio’s material is always great. This series is ambitious and challenging which is why it’s exciting to be a part of the team."

ITV's Head of Drama Polly Hill said: “Trigger Point has you on the edge of your seat from the start. It's a brilliant script by Daniel and I can't believe this is his first commission.

"I'm delighted to be working with Jed who knows better than anyone how to bring these thrillers to screen and Vicky is the perfect Lana. It's a fabulous team and an exciting show for ITV.”

Executive producer Jed Mercurio, creator and writer of Line of Duty, Bodyguard, Critical, and Bodies, said: "Everyone at HTM Television is honoured Vicky McClure will star in Trigger Point, Daniel Brierley's breathless thriller that will have viewers on the edge of their seats.

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"We're immensely grateful to Polly Hill and ITV for giving this opportunity to a brand-new writer."

Writer Daniel Brierley added: “I'm thrilled to be working with Jed, HTM and ITV to bring Trigger Point to the screen. I couldn't ask for a better Lana than Vicky and it's an honour to be given the chance to tell the exciting and unknown story of the brave EXPO officers who risk their lives every day to keep us safe.”

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