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John Simm for ITV cop drama Prey

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Story by Jack Foley

JOHN Simm is to star in a new police drama for ITV.

Written by newcomer Chris Lunt, Prey will see the Life on Mars actor play a cop, DC Marcus Farrow, who is found at the scene of a brutal crime and suspected of murder, prompting him to go on the run in Manchester while he attempts to clear his name.

His colleague DS Susan Reinhardt is assigned the cast of catching the family man, prompting a high-stakes game of cat and mouse across the city.

Nicola Shindler, of Red Production Company, said: “We’re attempting something different with Prey. It’s very fast-paced and to enhance the high octane qualities of Chris’s brilliant scripts we’ll be shooting essentially from the back of a transit van.

“It’s almost a guerrilla style technique, which will make Prey feel accessible and edgy with the ‘real’ factor.”

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