THE BBC has revealed the first images from the upcoming drama Better, which features actors from Broadchurch and I Hate Suzie.
The five-part thriller, follows a police officer’s connection to an important member of Leeds’ criminal underworld, exploring the importance of both family and loyalty.
DI Lou Slack ( Farzad) is tasked with bringing down Col McHugh (Buchan), a high-profile criminal.
She is the focal point of the series as her character is set to be confident, quick-witted and wry but has always been destined to be a police officer.
Lou’s job is made difficult by the fact that 19 years earlier she struck a deal with Col in order to save her fledging police career.
Now, with her family at risk of personal tragedy, Lou must work towards redemption by bringing down the man she helped make and put right years of mistakes in order to get a second chance at a new, better life.
Starring alongside Leila is Andrew Buchan who fans will know as Martin Latimer from ITV’s Broadchurch – he will be playing Col McHugh – the charming Irish businessman and property developer.
But he’s hiding a secret, he’s actually a highly disciplined and ruthless head of a powerful citywide drug trafficking gang.
The series promises to be fast-paced, compelling and “shot through with wit and humour”, all while exploring “the complex and powerful bonds of loyalty and family”, “the power of human conscience and the need for redemption”.
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As the synopsis adds: “Better examines the ties that bind, the ties that define, and the ties that break.”
The series is being produced by SISTER – who is responsible for other beloved series like This Is Going To Hurt, The Split and Landscapers – and also comes from Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent, the writers of Humans and Spooks.
While we don’t have an exact release date just yet, we do know that the drama is currently being filmed in Leeds and will be coming to BBC One in 2023.
Better will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in 2023.