Philip Glenister plays lawyer in BBC drama

Philip Glenister plays lawyer in BBC drama
Philip Glenister plays lawyer in BBC drama (Image credit: PA)

Ashes to Ashes star Philip Glenister is to explore another side of the law - by playing a solicitor in a new BBC drama. The actor, who bowed out as no-nonsense detective Gene Hunt last year, has been signed up to appear in new BBC1 conspiracy thriller, Undisclosed. The four-part series will see him teaming up with another well-loved TV detective, actor David Suchet, best known for more than 20 years as Poirot. Philip plays Harry Venn, a solicitor who takes on a case which leads him to get drawn into the investigation of his brother's death 20 years earlier. David will play barrister Sir Nigel Fountain. The series has been written by Ronan Bennett, who was behind the drama The Hamburg Cell, and who also worked with veteran screenwriter Walter Bernstein. Philip said: "I am looking forward to shooting Undisclosed, which I feel is a bold, innovative, complex piece of drama from the pen of Ronan Bennett." The series - which also stars In Bruges actress Thekla Reuten as lawyer Gina Hawkes - begins filming in Belfast shortly.

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.