The British broadcaster has commissioned DI Ray, a Birmingham-set, four-part sequence that’s centered round Rachita Ray, a police officer who takes on a case that forces her to confront a lifelong private battle between her British id and her South Asian heritage.
The sequence will monitor a homicide investigation while exploring the emotive topic of racism within the office. It asks tough questions on what it’s prefer to be British however really feel ‘different, whereas taking viewers by the murky underworld of Birmingham.
Nagra, who starred on the ABC medical drama between 2003 and 2009 and has additionally appeared on The Blacklist and Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D., will play Ray.
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Ray achieves the promotion she’s been ready for when she’s requested to hitch a murder investigation. Nonetheless, on her first day she’s informed the homicide to which she’s been assigned is a ‘Culturally Particular Murder.’ Her coronary heart sinks – she suspects she’s a ‘token appointment’, chosen for her ethnicity moderately than her means.
By no means one to shrink back from a problem, Ray sticks to the case, decided to each discover the killer and name out the apparent biases her colleagues are bringing to the investigation. And it’s removed from simple. The case isn’t a run-of-the-mill homicide; it includes delving deep into the damaging world of organised crime. She is greater than up for the duty, however what she didn’t rely on is what this case stirs up inside her; the realisation that she’s been burying a private id disaster her entire life. Reality is, she’s needed to work twice as arduous as everybody else. It’s not that she doesn’t wish to be Indian, it’s simply that it will have been simpler if she have been white.
It’s written by Maya Sondhi, who stars on hit BBC police drama sequence Line of Obligation and has written episodes of Eastenders and Ackley Bridge.
It’s produced by HTM Tv, the corporate behind James Nesbitt drama sequence Bloodlands, based by Line of Obligation and Bodyguard creator Jed Mercurio. Mercurio will exec produce alongside Black Mirror’s Madonna Baptiste. Alex Pillai, who has directed episodes of Bridgerton, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and Riverdale, will direc and Charlotte Surtees (Code 404) will produce.
The sequence was commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama Polly Hill and shall be distributed globally by Hat Trick Worldwide and Anton Corp. Will probably be filmed within the Midlands later this 12 months.
Parminder Nagra stated, “I’m so trying ahead to getting again to the UK after such a difficult time globally to be a part of this thrilling new challenge. Written by Maya Sondhi and exec produced by the power that’s Jed Mercurio, we’re being helmed by an incredible crew to deliver one thing particular to our story telling panorama.”
Maya Sondhi stated, “It is a challenge which is deeply private for me as a British Asian Brummie lady. It’s solely prior to now 10 years or so I’ve actually been capable of really embrace my heritage. A lot of this present is my story and in telling it truthfully, I hope others from all completely different backgrounds will relate.”
ITV’s Polly Hill stated, “Maya’s script is sensible. It’s humorous, related and introduces the fabulous DI Ray, performed by the equally fabulous Parminder Nagra. It’s all the time arduous to discover a contemporary detective, but it surely feels we’ve with Rachita Ray, in a thriller that can maintain the viewers captivated until the tip.”
Jed Mercurio added, “Everybody at HTM Tv is thrilled to be collaborating with author Maya Sondhi, director Alex Pillai and star Parminder Nagra on such a thought-provoking sequence. DI Ray is at the start a thriller, whereas Maya’s writing poses complicated and well timed questions in regards to the nature of non-public ethnic id.”