Morven Christie new ITV Payback drama – everything you need to know

Morven Christie is set to return to screens in new ITV drama Payback.

The six-part crime thriller has just been commissioned by the broadcaster and will see the Scottish actress take the helm of the show which will be produced by Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio. (opens in a new tab)of HTM television.

Morven shocked fans when she quit her role as DS Lisa Armstrong in series 3 of ITV drama The Bay (opens in a new tab)they will therefore be delighted that she returns to the screens, but in a new crime thriller.

We take a look at everything you need to know about ITV Payback…

What is Morven Christie’s new drama about?

Morven Christie’s new drama Payback is written by Debbie O’Malley and is a gripping character-driven series that follows Lexie Noble (Morven Christie of The Bay, The A Word, Ordeal by Innocence), as she finds herself entangled in a perilous police operation to overthrow notorious crime lord, Cal Morris, ( Peter Mullan from The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, The Underground Railroad, Ozark).

Jed Mercurio will produce the series alongside Madonna Baptiste, Debbie O’Malley (known for her work on Call the Midwife, Humans and Harlots and The Guilty) and Diederick Santer on behalf of BritBox International.

And the show will be directed by Jennie Darnell (Trigger Point (opens in a new tab)Line of Duty, Holby City) and Andrew Cumming (Clique, The Origin, Cold Feet) and produced by Eric Coulter (The Control Room (opens in a new tab)Shetland, bodyguard).

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Who is in the cast of Payback?

Join Morven Christie in the cast of Payback is Pierre Mullan and Prasanna Puwanarajah. Speaking about his upcoming role, Morven said:I fell in love with Lexie from page one and am absolutely thrilled to be working with Peter and this wonderful team in my hometown.

With an idyllic family lifestyle in suburban Edinburgh, Lexie is unaware that her husband, Jared, is laundering illegal Cal Morris earnings on a massive scale. Jared’s every move is watched by DC financial investigators Jibran Khan (Prasanna Puwanarajah) and DCI Adam Guthrie (Derek Riddell), who are determined to use the Noble family to bring Cal Morris to justice.

Partner in Jared’s business, Lexie is forced to work for Cal, even as the police net tightens inexorably. Soon, Lexie finds herself walking a treacherous tightrope between Cal and the police in which her safety, and even her life, is in grave danger.

Morven has just filmed Floodlights – the BBC football abuse scandal drama as she shared a snap from the set on her Instagram.

Where is ITV’s Payback filmed?

The refund from ITV is filmed in Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounding areas.

Polly Hill, ITV’s drama manager, said: “Payback is a brilliant thriller that questions how well you know your partner and, as secrets come out, asks who you can trust. Debbie said writes compelling scripts that will keep audiences hooked and amazed.I’m thrilled to be working again with Morven Christie, and of course Jed Mercurio and Madonna Baptiste at HTM Television.

ITV has yet to announce details of when the series will air, but it is expected to be in 2023.

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