Filming has commenced on Neal Street Productions new six-part contemporary thriller Informer, commissioned by Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, and Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, for BBC One.
Informer will star Paddy Considine (Peaky Blinders, The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher), Bel Powley (The Diary Of A Teenage Girl) and newcomer Nabhaan Rizwan, with Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife, Wolf Hall) Sharon D. Clarke (Holby City, Unforgotten), Sunetra Sarker (Safe House, Broadchurch) and Roger Jean Nsengiyumva (Chasing Shadows, Sixteen).
Penned by talented new writers Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani, and directed by Jonny Campbell (The Last Post, WestWorld, The Casual Vacancy), Informer is produced by Neal Street Productions (Call The Midwife, Penny Dreadful, The Hollow Crown) for BBC One, and will air on Amazon Prime Video in the US following the UK broadcast. Informer will film on location in London.
Informer is a sophisticated, character-driven thriller about Raza, a young, second generation Pakistani man from East London (Nabhaan Rizwan) who is coerced by Gabe, a Counter-Terrorism officer (Paddy Considine) to go undercover and inform for him. Gabe, who has a past he is unwilling to expose, is joined by Holly, his new and ambitious partner (Bel Powley) whose endless curiosity becomes threatening to him. As the central counterterrorism investigation heats up, the stakes for all three get higher and higher. Informer tells a story about identity in a world where lines are increasingly being drawn and sides are being taken. What happens when you, or your friends, family or neighbours fall on the wrong side of that line and the personal becomes political?
Executive producers are Nicolas Brown, Sam Mendes and Julie Pastor for Neal Street Productions, Elizabeth Kilgarriff for BBC One, with Julian Stevens (The Fall, The Tunnel: Sabotage) producing and all3media International handling international sales.
Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani say: “It’s every writer’s dream to watch their creations come to life, and we’re beyond fortunate to do so with a phenomenal cast and crew, and such esteemed and supportive partners as Neal Street, BBC and Amazon. We haven’t been able to stop pinching ourselves.”
Nicolas Brown, Neal Street Productions, Executive Producer, says: “We are thrilled to be working with BBC One and Amazon on Informer, and grateful for their wholehearted commitment to Rory and Sohrab’s vision for the series. It’s always especially exciting to be able to bring new voices to the screen. All of us at Neal Street know that our brilliant director, terrific production team and hugely talented cast will do justice to their original and inspiring writing”
Elizabeth Kilgarriff, BBC Executive Producer, says: “Brilliantly original and constantly surprising, Informer is going to be a must watch treat for the audience. Brought to the screen by some of the most exciting new and established talent from on and off screen, I can’t wait to see it come to life on BBC One next year.”
Acclaimed actor, film director and screenwriter Paddy Considine’s many credits as a performer include Dead Man’s Shoes (which he also co-wrote), A Room For Romeo Brass, The Girl With All The Gifts, Miss You Already, Macbeth, Child 44, Pride, The World’s End, Submarine, The Bourne Ultimatum, Hot Fuzz, PU 239, Cinderella Man, My Summer of Love, My Wrongs 8245-8249 & 117, In America, 24 Hour Party People and Last Resort. His television credits include the title role in The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher, Peaky Blinders and Red Riding. He wrote and directed his first feature film Tyrannosaur in 2011 winning great critical acclaim along with numerous awards such as the BAFTA for Outstanding Debut, the BIFA for Best Independent Film and the World Cinema Directing Award at Sundance. Previously, Dog Altogether, which he also wrote and directed, won the BAFTA and the BIFA for Best Short Film. His next feature Journeyman, which he has written, directed and will also be starring in, will be released later this year, further to that, he can soon be seen in Adrian Shregold’s Funny Cow and The Death Of Stalin. Most recently he lead the cast in Jez Butterworth’s new play The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre, directed by Sam Mendes.
Bel Powley has quickly established herself as one of the most exciting young actresses in the industry. This January, Powley will be seen opposite Matthew McConaughey in Sony’s White Boy Rick, from acclaimed director Yann Demange. Powley’s additional upcoming projects include the films Mary Shelley, in which she will co-star opposite Elle Fanning and Douglas Booth, as well as the World War II drama Ashes In The Snow, based on the novel Between Shades Of Gray by Ruta Septys. In 2015, Powley made her feature debut in the coming-of-age drama The Diary Of A Teenage Girl. Written and directed by Marielle Heller, the film also starred Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard. For her role, Powley won the 2016 Gotham award for Best Actress and was nominated for BAFTA, Independent Spirit and British Independent Film awards. Other past film credits include A Royal Night Out, Equals, Detour and Carrie Pilby.
Nabhaan Rizwan will make his television debut in Informer, his credits include Little Revolution for the Almeida Theatre and The Undergrowth for the Royal Court’s The Boys’ Project.