ITV commissions new thriller starring The Walking Dead and Torchwood stars - details

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27 Jun 2024, 11:50

Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead and Eve Myles and the cast of Torchwood

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ITV have announced a new thriller series is on the way, starring actors from Doctor Who, Torchwood and Love Actually.

Cold Water, a six-part thriller set in a fictional Scottish village, will be led by Andrew Lincoln in his much-anticipated return to British TV following his time shooting projects such as The Walking Dead in the US.

Starring alongside him will be Keeping Faith’s Eve Myles, Obsession’s Indira Varma and Trainspotting’s Ewen Bremmer.



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In Cold Water, Lincoln will star as struggling stay-at-home dad John, whose identity crisis draws him into more and more trouble the closer he gets to dangerous figures within his new community.

After moving his family to the rural Coldwater to be as far away from London as possible, John soon befriends his new next door neighbour Tommy (Bremmer) and his wife, local vicar Rebecca (Myles).

Impressed by pillar of the community Tommy - a man of faith who leads the village’s all-male book club - repressed and frustrated John becomes fascinated with Tommy while his wife Fiona (Varma) - a former chef hoping her family’s move will offer a chance for their rejuvenation - grows to despise him.

As John and Tommy grow close, tension builds throughout the community. The show’s synopsis teases: “John remains blissfully unaware that Tommy is harbouring horrifying secrets, and it’s only after a series of unsettling incidents start to occur that John begins to wonder who the real Tommy actually is.

“When John’s long-repressed rage comes to a head with disastrous results, he soon finds himself unexpectedly indebted to his new friend. [Cold Water] is the story of a normal man, in a normal marriage, who finds himself in a far from normal situation. A man who discovers a newfound sense of his own power, right at the moment he falls under the influence of someone incredibly dangerous.”

Celebrating Cold Water’s commission, the series' writer, creator and executive producer David Ireland said: “Cold Water started with a question I was asking myself. Where do I want to live - the countryside or the city? Such an innocent beginning, but from it came this dark, funny, twisted thriller… 

“I’m amazed we’ve managed to attract such a peerless cast, led by the formidable Andrew Lincoln,” he added. “I hope viewers will find it intoxicating.”

Cold Water will air on ITV1 and ITVX in the future.