ITV Orders Six-Part Adaptation Of Submarine Thriller ‘Tenacity’ From Bad Wolf & eOne

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06 Jun 19

ITV Orders Six-Part Adaptation Of Submarine Drama ‘Tenacity’ From Bad Wolf & eOne

ITV has commissioned six-part thriller Tenacity, inspired by J.S. Law’s novel, from screenwriter Peter A. Dowling and produced by Bad Wolf and Entertainment One, the UK broadcaster announced today.

When a dead submariner is discovered aboard the British nuclear submarine, Tenacity, disgraced military detective Danielle ‘Dan’ Lewis is sent to investigate the accident. But when the case turns to murder it puts her in conflict with Tenacity’s crew, her Navy superiors, and into the crosshairs of an assassin who has infiltrated her nuclear base with an agenda that will not only destroy national security but kill Dan and everyone she loves.

“Peter has written an incredible script with a brilliant and complex heroine leading an investigation that genuinely surprises,” comments ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill. “I am so delighted to be working with Bad Wolf and Entertainment One on this incredible drama, that promises to have an audience hooked from the start. We are excited to have this on ITV and think it will be addictive viewing.”

Inspired by the J.S. Law novel of the same name, the series is created and written by Peter A. Dowling, whose credits including the Jodie Foster movie ‘Flightplan’ and Dominic Cooper/Samuel L. Jackson led film ‘Reasonable Doubt’.

“I am thrilled to write Tenacity for ITV,” adds Dowling. “Their ambition and enthusiasm for the project is hugely exciting and I can’t think of better collaborators to help bring Lieutenant Dan Lewis to life.”

Bad Wolf, which was co-founded by ex-‘Doctor Who’ producers Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner (hence the name), is on a bit of a roll at the moment. They landed a huge hit for Sky One with ‘A Discovery of Witches’, and look to have another coming soon with their upcoming adaptation of ‘His Dark Materials’ for the BBC. The duo will executive produce alongside Polly Williams on behalf of Entertainment One.

“Jane Tranter and I are delighted to be reunited with Polly Hill at ITV on our first Bad Wolf project together, alongside partners Entertainment One, and to be collaborating with Peter Dowling, a master of suspense, on his first UK television series,” said Gardner on the new drama.

Tenacity will commence filming in 2020 with further key production and casting roles confirmed closer to production.