The people behind The Serpent are working on new ITV crime-thriller The Tower.
Homeland producer Patrick Harbinson will be writing the series, which is based on Post Mortem, the first novel from former Metropolitan police officer Kate London.
The story of The Tower begins as a veteran cop and teenage girl fall to their death from a tower block in south-east London. Left alive on the roof are a 5-year-old boy and rookie police officer Lizzie Griffiths. When the latter goes missing, Detective Sergeant Sarah Collins is charged with leading the investigation, to uncover the events that led up to the gruesome incident.
The Serpent's Paul Testar will be serving as producer, while I May Destroy You's Sherie Myers will co-produce. Jim Loach (Save Me Too) will be directing.
Speaking about the upcoming series, London said: "In 2006 I ran away from the circus to join the police. Within a matter of weeks I was writing – not for publication, but because I just had to get down on paper the world I encountered: its complexity, laughter, loyalty, the moral conflicts and the dangers that were not only physical.
"Policing showed me London in a way no other job could. The product of this experience was my first novel, Post Mortem. After a fierce bidding war, I chose [executive producer] Patrick Harbinson to bring the book to screen.
"I was persuaded not only by his outstanding track record, but by his passionate engagement with the characters and the choices they face. I am thrilled and honoured that Patrick and the high-calibre team at Mammoth and ITV have come together to bring my characters to life on the screen."
Filming on the three-part series will get under way this spring, with casting details set to be announced in the coming months.
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