Downton Abbey producers Carnival Films and Emmy-nominated Luther creator Neil Cross are partnering with Libertine Pictures to develop the drama series Bay Of Plenty for the BBC. It centers on ex-Metropolitan police officer Corinne Day who emigrates with her family to the small, remote town of Rotorua, New Zealand, after she is badly injured in the line of duty. She joins the local force where she is partnered with a tough and eccentric Maori detective, Winnie Cooper. Corinne expects to be dealing with little more than petty crime, but soon realizes that Rotorua has a mystery and eeriness all its own.

BAFTA LA TV Tea 2012 Presented By BBC America - Arrivals“We love Neil’s take on this story and believe that audiences will be intrigued by the environment and the atmosphere Neil will create,” said Carnival executive producer Gareth Neame.

Bay Of Plenty will be executive produced by Neame, Nigel Marchant and Libertine Pictures’ Cross, Richard Fletcher and Paul Davis. The deal was brokered by Carnival COO David O’Donoghue and Libertine’s Richard Fletcher, and Phil Temple is the development producer for Carnival.

Cross is repped by Michael McCoy of Independent Talent.