British drama-series Identity is on its way to Australian screens following ABC’s announcement that they have acquired the show.
The six-part ITV series, focusing on an elite police unit formed to combat the explosion of identity-related crime, stars Keeley Hawes (Ashes To Ashes) and Aidan Gillen (The Wire).
Identity tackles the darker side of reinvention: murderers who literally take other people’s lives, criminals who create new personas to escape evil pasts, impostors who look, talk and sound just like us but would kill you in a heartbeat.
The unit, lead by Hawes’ DSI Martha Lawrence, works any case where making an identification is a significant part of solving the crime by outsmarting, hunting down and unmasking the modern day Jekyll and Hydes.
Kate Bartlett, Controller of Drama at ITV Studios, says: “This is a unique crime series, with an exciting cast, that explores the theme of identity. The psychology behind the issue of identity opens up a whole world of stories. We take for granted that people are who they say they are and a person’s ID is sacred. However, when that trust is violated it can provoke a special kind of fear, one that cuts to the heart of our sense of self and the world around us.”
Filmed in and around London, the series is written and created by Ed Whitmore (He Kills Coppers, Waking the Dead) and directed by Australian Brendan Maher (Spooks).