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Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton to star in ITV police drama A Confession

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MARTIN Freeman and Imelda Staunton are to star in a new ITV crime drama based on a true story.

A Confession follows the real-life investigation into the disappearance of a 22-year-old woman who failed to return home after a night out with girlfriends at a local nightclub in Swindon, in England, in March 2011.

It is created by BAFTA-winner Jeff Pope, who was Oscar-nominated, alongside Steve Coogan, for his screenplay to 2013’s Philomena (another film drama based on real events).

Freeman will star as real-life Detective Supt. Steve Fulcher, whose decision to deliberately breach police protocol in order to catch a killer cost him his career and reputation.

Staunton, who won a BAFTA and was Oscar-nominated for her lead role in 2005’s Vera Drake, will play a woman who fears her daughter, who disappeared eight years earlier, might be involved in the new case.

The six-part drama also stars Charlie Cooper, Siobhan Finneran and Joe Absolom and is directed by Paul Andrew Williams, whose past credits include Song For Marion and London To Brighton.

Commenting on what attracted him to the story, Pope said: “I found this is a fascinating story to tell on a number of levels. On one hand it is a brilliant piece of detective work, but it brings into question how we want our police to behave when someone goes missing.

“Should Fulcher have been praised as a courageous officer fighting for the life of a girl, or lose his career for riding roughshod over the law?”

A Confession is expected to air on ITV in 2019. The keenly anticipated drama is a co-production between ITV Studios and Urban Myth Films.

Pope will shortly be back in the spotlight on the big screen, as his latest film, Laurel and Hardy biopic Stan & Ollie, starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly, will receive its world premiere as the closing night film of this year’s BFI London Film Festival on October 21.

Freeman, meanwhile, has also been in the headlines for signing on to another TV series, the F/X parenting comedy Breeders.