‘The Responder’: BBC One Sets January Premiere Date For Martin Freeman Police Drama

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12 Jan 22

The BBC has set a January premiere date for new police drama The Responder, which is set in Liverpool and stars Martin Freeman.

Written by ex-police officer Tony Schumacher, ‘The Responder’ follows Chris (Freeman), a crisis-stricken, morally compromised, unconventional urgent response officer tackling a series of night shifts on the beat in Liverpool. Whilst trying to keep his head above water both personally and professionally, Chris is forced to take on a new rookie partner Rachel (Adelayo Adedayo). Both soon discover that survival in this high pressure, relentless, night-time world will depend on them either helping or destroying each other.

Joining Freeman and Adedayo are Ian Hart (‘Tin Star’, ‘The Last Kingdom’, ‘The Terror’), MyAnna Buring (‘The Salisbury Poisonings’, ‘The Witcher’, ‘Ripper Street’), Kerrie Hayes (‘Tin Star’, ‘The English Game’) and Warren Brown (‘Luther’, ‘Strike Back’). David Bradley (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Doctor Who’, ‘The Strain’) and Rita Tushingham (‘The Pale Horse’, ‘In The Flesh’) also take on roles alongside newcomers Josh Finan and Emily Fairn.

The five-episode series is produced by Fremantle-backed Dancing Ledge Productions for BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It is directed by Tim Mielants (‘The Terror’, ‘Legion’, ‘Peaky Blinders’) and produced by Rebecca Ferguson (‘The Trial Of Christine Keeler’, ‘Cold Feet’, ‘Next Of Kin’). Laurence Bowen and Chris Carey will executive produce for Dancing Ledge Productions and Mona Qureshi for BBC One.

The Responder‘ premieres Monday, 24th January 2022 at 9pm on BBC One.