East London Counter-Terrorism in BBC’s Informer
Shooting began for Informer in October last year in Thamesmead and Abbey Wood using Ice Film equipment. A Morrisons car park was used as a base for the camera crew who thanked the store by donating £2,750 to their charity of the year in CLIC Sargant, supporting young people with cancer.
Paddy Considine takes leading role
The six-part drama is due to air on BBC 1 this year starring Peaky Blinders favourite Paddy Considine who plays the leading role of Counter-Terrorism officer Gabe.
Newcomer Nabhaan Rizwan plays Raza Shar, a second generation Pakistani man from East London who is coerced by Gabe into working undercover as an informer. The plot progresses and Gabe is joined by Holly (Bel Powley), his new partner who threatens to reveal his secretive past.
Jessica Raine from Call the Midwife also plays a supporting role in this thrilling drama that examines the contemporary racial tensions currently brewing in the UK.
Informer boasts new writers with a fresh outlook
New writers Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani’s work is in the extra safe hands of director Jonny Campbell (Westworld).
Haines and Noshirvani were quoted saying, “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.”
Informer tackles the less publicised side of counter-terrorism as it questions what happens when you or someone you know ends up on the wrong side of the line. It will be interesting to see if the series will offer a fresh take on one of the most controversial topics in London today.
The series will be aired on Amazon Prime Video in the US following the UK broadcast, stay tuned for release info.