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BBC teaming with Netflix for new Joe Barton detective drama Giri/Haji

Story by Jack Foley

THE BBC is teaming up with Netflix for a new eight-part detective drama called Giri/Haji.

The series is being penned by Joe Barton, the writer of BAFTA-winning Our World War and Channel 4 robot thriller Humans.

The story will follow a middle-aged Tokyo detective, named Kenzo, as he travels to London in search of his wayward younger sibling, Yuto.

Once thought dead, Yuto is now believed to be posing as a Yakuza gangster in London and wanted for the murder of a Japanese businessman there.

Commenting in a statement, the BBC said: “Kenzo is a lonely and driven man. His honour, his family’s well-being and the fragile peace between the warring gangs back home, rest on him finding Yuto and returning him to Tokyo.

“Yet, despite the pressures of home, a misfit family of lonely Londoners forms around Kenzo. There’s Rodney, a half Japanese rent boy with a wicked sense of humour, and Sarah, a forensic specialist with secrets of her own. Torn between two cities, and an increasingly conflicted sense of self, Kenzo wrestles with questions of guilt, duty, love and shame.”

Giri/Haji will unfold between London and Tokyo.

The series is a co-production with US streaming giant Netflix, which will broadcast the series globally outside of the UK. The BBC will screen the series on BBC1.

Joe Barton commented: “We want to make something that’s really ambitious and unique and the BBC and Netflix feels like the perfect place to do that at the moment.”

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