Billie Piper and John Simm join BBC Two's new thriller

Justin Harp
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Carey Mulligan, Billie Piper and John Simm will be drawn into a murder investigation in BBC Two's latest thriller.

The Beeb is partnering with two-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and playwright David Hare for four-part drama series called Collateral.

Described as a "gripping, high-octane thriller", Collateral will take place over four days as the investigation into the shooting death of a pizza delivery man plays out.

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The chief investigator Detective Inspector Kip Glaspie (Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan) doesn't believe that the shooting was a random act of violence, but her relentless pursuit of the truth comes at a price.

Local politician David Mars (Life on Mars' John Simm) is himself drawn into the case thanks to his troubled ex-wife Karen's (Penny Dreadful's Billie Piper) connection to the murder.

The local vicar Jane Oliver (Spooks' Nicola Walker) tries to conceal her own involvement in the murder because she's been having an affair with the crime's only witness.

"I've been writing drama for the BBC since 1973, but this is my first original series. I'm thrilled that it has such a stunningly gifted cast," David Hare said today (April 7).

Hare earned Oscar nods for both The Hours and The Reader, and has had considerable influence with his West End hits Plenty, Skylight and The Judas Kiss.

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Collateral will be a pseudo-reunion for Billie Piper and John Simm, who were both staples of the David Tennant era of Doctor Who. While both appeared in 2009's The End of Time, they didn't actually share any scenes together.

It was just announced on Thursday that John Simm will be reprising his role as The Master for an episode in Peter Capaldi's final series in Doctor Who later this year.

The four episodes of Collateral are currently in production to air on BBC Two.

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