ITV Commissions Drama ‘Because the Night’ From ‘Luther’ Creator Neil Cross

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15 Jul 19

ITV Commissions Drama ‘Because the Night’ From ‘Luther’ Creator Neil Cross

ITV has commissioned a new suspenseful drama, ‘Because the Night’, from ‘Luther’ creator Neil Cross, the broadcaster announced today.

Inspired by the novel Burial, also written by Neil Cross (‘Luther’, ‘Hard Sun’, ‘Spooks’, ‘Mama’), ‘Because the Night’ is a chilling and suspenseful four-part story of murder, which exposes the quiet terror of a man trying to escape his past. The drama follows the well-meaning but directionless Nathan, who has a terrible secret he’s long prayed would stay buried and for which he’s long worked hard to make recompense. Almost a decade into his new and devoted married life, Nathan is rocked to the core when Bob, an unwelcome face from the past, turns up on his doorstep with shocking news, triggering a series of catastrophic decisions which cleverly drive a tense and compelling narrative of psychological suspense, dread, love and possible redemption.

“I’m truly excited to be working with ITV to make ‘Because the Night’,” commented Cross. “It’s one of my favourite stories: a tale of psychological suspense, of guilt and ghosts and murder. Oh, and love. Always love. Our job is to make viewers want to sleep with the lights on. We’re looking forward to it.”

Because the Night will be produced for ITV by Euston Films, part of Fremantle, who were responsible for the recent series of ‘Hard Sun’. Euston Films Managing Director Kate Harwood (‘Hard Sun’, ‘Cranford’, ‘Baghdad Central’) will executive produce the drama alongside Executive Producer for Euston Films, Noemi Spanos (‘Dublin Murders’). Niall MacCormick (‘The Victim’, ‘The Durrells’, ‘Doctor Thorne’) will direct each of the 4 x 60’ episodes. Fremantle will be responsible for the international distribution of the series.

“I’m delighted to be working with Neil Cross and Euston Films on ‘Because the Night’ – a taught gripping contemporary thriller, which is both chilling and compelling,” adds ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill. “Neil’s adaptation of his original novel promises to be unmissable TV drama and I’m thrilled he’s agreed to do this for ITV.”

No news on casting or premiere dates for ‘Because the Night’ yet, but we’ll let you know when we hear more.