ITV announces new cold case murder drama based on Val McDermid

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ITV is teaming up with Bodyguard makers World Productions for a new drama series based on bestselling author Val McDermid's work.

Adapted from the novel The Distant Echo, this three-part show titled Karen Pirie will shoot across Scotland later in the year and follow the exploits of a young female detective.

Central character Karen is described as a "refreshingly normal and charmingly unfashionable woman", and the drama unfolds as she's tasked with reopening a cold murder case.

Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images
Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

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Written for the screen by Emer Kenny, who's best known for playing EastEnders' Zsa Zsa Carter and writing a number of the soap's episodes, she had this to say about the project: "From the moment I read that Karen Pirie orders a Bacardi Breezer as her after-work drink (other brands of alco-pop are available), I knew that she was the detective for me.

"Val is the queen of crime for good reason and I'm honoured to be bringing her creation to a TV audience, especially for ITV, which has been home to some of my favourite detective shows, from Broadchurch to Prime Suspect."

World Productions CEO Simon Heath noted: "Emer is a new and exciting voice who brings a witty, contemporary take to Val's brilliant and much-loved Karen Pirie novels. We're delighted that ITV have given us the chance to bring them to the screen."

Keep an eye out for casting announcements in the next few months.

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