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Callum Turner and Holliday Grainger head cast of BBC conspiracy thriller The Capture

Callum Turner and Holliday Grainger

Story by Jack Foley

CALLUM Turner (War and Peace, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) and Holliday Grainger (Strike, Cinderella) will lead the cast of new BBC1 conspiracy thriller The Capture.

Described as an acutely timely surveillance thriller set in London, the six-part series has been written and directed by Ben Chanan (Cyberbully).

When proud British soldier Shaun Emery’s (Turner) conviction for a murder in Afghanistan is successfully overturned due to flawed video evidence, he begins to plan for his life as a free man with his six-year-old daughter.

However, when damning CCTV footage emerges from an incident in London, it isn’t long before Shaun finds himself fighting for his freedom once more, only with lies, betrayal and corruption spreading further than he ever could have imagined.

With DI Rachel Carey (Grainger) drafted in to investigate in what could be a career-defining case, she must discover if there is more to the shocking evidence than first meets the eye. Rachel will soon learn that the truth is merely a matter of perspective – before deciding what hers is.

With an adamant Shaun battling with his tormented past in order to clear his name once and for all, The Capture has been designed to look at a troubling world of misinformation, fake news and the extraordinary technological capabilities of the intelligence services.

In the post-truth era and when criminal justice relies so heavily on video evidence, can we always believe what we see?

Turner commented: “The Capture is one of the best things I’ve ever read and I jumped at the chance to join this wonderful team of people. Shaun Emery is an anti-hero. He’s funny yet wounded, complex, visceral and dangerous. The epic journey he goes on was one I wanted to travel.”

Grainger added: “I am thrilled to be joining the complex and intriguing world of The Capture. Ben Chanan’s scripts are totally absorbing – I’m excited to explore the mind of DI Rachel Carey.”

Filming will begin next month and further casting will be announced in due course.