Scott & Bailey star is writing a new female-led crime thriller

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New, female-led crime drama Traces has been commissioned for a six-part series on Alibi.

Written by Amelia Bullmore (writer and star of Scott & Bailey) and based on an original idea from acclaimed crime author Val McDermid, Traces is a suspense-filled thriller that puts forensic science at its heart.

It introduces three very different female characters – Emma Hedges, Professor Sarah Gordon and Professor Kathy Torrance – who combine their forensic skills to try and unearth the truth behind an unresolved murder case.

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The synopsis for the series reads: "When 23-year-old Emma Hedges returns to Scotland to take up a new position as a lab assistant at SIFA, she signs up to a MOOC – Massive Online Open Course – which teaches the principles of forensic science. But she soon discovers that the fictitious case study has a strikingly similar and shocking link to her past.

"As Emma’s sleuthing takes her into darker corners and unpicks more and more secrets, it becomes clear that she should trust no-one. It will be Sarah and Kathy’s exacting minds that reward Emma’s faith in the science that has fuelled her imagination and who will ultimately bring a killer to justice."

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On the commissioning of the series, Alibi channel director Emma Ayech said: "Alibi has an incredibly engaged audience of passionate crime drama fans. It’s the perfect opportunity to grow our slate of scripted shows and give our viewers a brand-new UKTV Original series that we hope they will love."

Traces will air exclusively on Alibi in late 2019 and casting is set to be announced in the coming months.

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