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‘The Diplomat’: Alibi Sets February Premiere For Original Drama From ‘Cobra’ Creator Ben Richards

by Dave Elliott

‘The Diplomat’: Alibi Sets February Premiere For Original Drama From Spooks/Cobra Writer Ben Richards

UKTV’s Alibi has set a February premiere date for new original drama The Diplomat from Ben Richards (‘COBRA’, ‘Spooks’), starring Sophie Rundle (‘Peaky Blinders’).

The Diplomat follows Laura Simmonds (Rundle) and her Barcelona Consul colleague and friend Alba Ortiz (Serena Manteghi) as they fight to protect Distressed British Nationals in Barcelona – Spain’s most visited city. Mixing the roles of lawyer, counsellor and cop, Laura and Alba’s diplomatic skills are stretched to the limit by the stream of surprising and complex cases that walk through the Consulate doors in need of their assistance.

The series opens with the death of Jay Sutherland, a young British barman working aboard a yacht in Barcelona’s exclusive marina. While the Spanish police suspect that the death was a tragic accident, Laura supports the boy’s grieving father, Colin (Danny Sapani) who is convinced something more sinister took place. As new unexpected evidence emerges, Laura encounters resistance from unlikely places, uncovering links to organised crime and a conspiracy to bury the truth that reaches the heart of the British establishment. Laura realises that exposing the secrets surrounding Jay’s death may come at a cost.

Alongside Rundle, Manteghi, and Sapani, the series stars Steven Cree, Dylan Brady, Isak Férriz, Laia Costa and Philipp Boos.

‘The Diplomat’ is created and written by Ben Richards. Episodes 3 & 4 are written by Lauren Klee (‘Call the Midwife’, ‘Waterloo Road’). The directors are Jill Robertson (‘Humans’, ‘Grantchester’) and Jennie Paddon (‘Sanditon’, ‘Death In Paradise’) and the series is produced by Ken Horn for World Productions, part of ITV Studios. Executive producers are Simon Heath, Ben Richards, Emma Luffingham and Philippa Collie Cousins. BBC Studios is handling distribution internationally.

The Diplomat‘ premieres on Tuesday, 28th February 2023 at 9pm on UKTV’s Alibi.

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