BBC to premiere “Prey” thriller series in February
The BBC confirmed the premiere date for the thriller series “Prey,” setting the date for February 25, 2016. The special-event series come from four-time BAFTA-winning executive producer Nicola Shindler and stars Rosie Cavaliero, John Simm and Philip Glenister.
“Prey” is set as two three-part stories that straddle two intense cases – with down-but-not-out Detective Sergeant (DS) Susan Reinhardt (Rosie Cavaliero, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Little Dorrit) at the center of it all – fighting to unravel the truth, while struggling to cope with her own demons.
After her failed marriage, Reinhardt seeks redemption in excessive hours of work and finds comfort by eating her feelings. Both her cases point to corruption in the UK law enforcement, first she’s tasked with catching colleague Detective Constable (DC) Marcus Farrow (John Simm, The Village, Life on Mars, State of Play), a man on the run, who will do things he never thought possible to clear his name for the sake of his family. Next she must resolve why an exceptional prison officer, Dave Murdoch (Philip Glenister, Mad Dogs, Ashes to Ashes) is helping an inmate escape. The turmoil drives Reinhardt into a high-stakes game of cat and mouse and the outcome may change her life forever. BBC AMERICA’s Prey premieres Thursday, February 25, 10/9c.
DC Marcus Farrow, a well-liked detective, investigates a dead body found in the outer parts of Manchester, leading him to a seemingly forgotten case with loose ends. Just as he begins to scratch the surface of the case, he finds his wife and son murdered with all evidence pointing to him being guilty of the crimes committed. Arrested and charged, it seems as Farrow’s fate is sealed, but when he gets the opportunity to escape, he seizes it. Filling in as Senior Investigating Officer (SIO), Susan Reinhardt is assigned with finding Farrow and bringing him back to jail, and so begins an intricate chase for a detective who now is a criminal on the same streets he used to police.
As a wanted killer, Farrow has few allies – the only people he can trust is his best friend Detective Inspector (DI) Sean Devlin (Craig Parkinson, Misfits, Whitechapel) and boss Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Andrea Mackenzie (Anastasia Hille, You, Me and the Apocalypse, The Missing). The clock’s ticking, but will Farrow evade capture long enough to find the evidence that will clear his name, or will Reinhardt get to him first?
Reinhardt’s second case follows Dave Murdoch, a prison officer at HMP Ravenhill Prison, who receives phone call with an ultimatum that turns his life upside down. His pregnant daughter, Lucy, has been kidnapped and in order to get her freed, he must help an inmate, Jules Hope (MyAnna Buring, Ripper Street, Downton Abbey), escape and deliver her to the man holding Lucy captive. The same day, Reinhardt, who is now back to being a plain, old DS after having been passed over for promotion, finds the body of Daniel Hope – Jules Hope’s brother. Can it be a coincidence that his sister goes missing on the same day he’s found dead? And why is Murdoch – a popular, hard-working man with an unblemished career – helping her escape? While Reinhardt searches for clues for the case, Murdoch desperately seeks the truth surrounding his daughter’s disappearance and tries to avoid the police that are inching closer each day. Solving this case can make Reinhardt’s career and ultimately provide her with a fresh start, but in order to do so, she must first catch her prey.
Prey is written and created by Chris Lunt. The series is directed by BAFTA-winner Nick Murphy (The Awakening, Occupation) and Lewis Arnold (Misfits, Humans). The producer is Tom Sherry (Scott & Bailey, New Tricks) and the executive producer is Nicola Shindler (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax). Prey is a Red Production for ITV and is distributed by BBC Worldwide.