MyAnna Buring leads cast in new BBC crime drama In The Dark

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Ripper Street and Downton Abbey star MyAnna Buring has been cast as the lead in new BBC1 crime thriller In The Dark (just announced).

MyAnna plays the assertive but fragile detective, Helen Weeks, at the heart of the four-part drama. The Go-Between star Ben Batt will play Detective Inspector Paul Hopwood, her partner.

In The Dark has been written by Ordinary Lies creator, Danny Brocklehurst, who said: “I'm thrilled to be working with the super talented MyAnna Buring, an actress I have admired for many years, and the brilliant Ben Batt. I know theywill inhabit Helen and Paul and deliver the performances these complex characters deserve.”

In The Dark is based on the novels by Mark Billingham and features what the BBC describe as 'visceral emotional dilemmas at the centre of the two crime stories'. Helen Weeks is pregnant, but she must overcome dark childhood secrets and tragedy to try and make the world a secure and better place for her child.

Myanna said: "What interested me was Danny Brocklehurst's writing and working with Hilary Martin [head of BBC Drama North]. I have such respect for their work and the way they conduct it. They have developed a great story and have now brought in a brilliant production and creative team, directors, and cast...

"Gilles [Bannier, director] has created an incredible atmosphere for all the actors this week- I'm excited for shooting to begin. "

Ben Batt said: “It’s got it all - excellent scripts, intriguing characters and a fantastic cast.  And the added bonus of filming around Manchester is just brilliant”.

In The Dark will start filming later this month.

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