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“To the North…”

Posted By Graham Kibble-White On Tuesday, January 20, 2009 @ 9:56 pm In upfront | Comments Disabled

Police brutality

Police brutality

“…Where we do what we want”.

It’s hard to remember the last time C4 put so much weight behind one of its dramas. Red Riding, adapted from the novels of David Peace, tells the story of policing in Yorkshire through the 1970s and early ’80s. The trilogy was unveiled to the press tonight via a lowkey press launch in Shoreditch, East London.

C4′s Head of Drama, Liza Marshall, unveiled a selection of clips from each episode (which are set in 1974, 1980 and 1983 respectively), commenting that a production like this is  reason enough the channel should be helped out of its current financial crisis.

It’s hard to truly respond to what we saw – pretty much 10 minutes from each episode. But I think I’m probably safe to say that, from those tasters alone, Red Riding looks like it’s going to be sensational. Passionate, breath-takingly grim, impecably cast and steeped in a forboding atmosphere (all the episodes revolve, to varying extent, around the crimes of the Yorkshire Ripper), I can’t remember looking forward to seeing a finished production quite so much.

And, yes, because it’s set over an extended time period, I’m duty-bound to apply those five words to it: Our Friends in the North. It definitely has a taste of that landmark drama.

Find out more about the production here. And watch out for Red Riding on C4 some time in March.

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