ITV drama The Level has announced a large cast as filming begins in Brighton and London. The thriller from Hillbilly Television has set stars Karla Crome (You, Me & The Apocalypse), Philip Glenister (Prey) and Laura Haddock (Da Vinci’s Demons). Crome is Nancy Devlin, a detective sergeant with a secret double life. Her exemplary police career masks a covert attachment to Frank Le Saux (Glenister), a shady businessman and drug trafficker who is the father of her best friend (Haddock). When she finds herself at the center of an investigation that puts her at risk of exposure and stalked by a killer intent on destroying her, Nancy’s complicated love life and relationships with colleagues create further tension as she doesn’t know who she can trust. Also starring are Noel Clarke (Star Trek Into Darkness), Robert James Collier (Downton Abbey), Lindsey Coulson (EastEnders), Gary Lewis (Outlander), Jo Absolom (Doc Martin), Amanda Burton (Waterloo Road), Ruth Madeley (Don’t Take My Baby), Suzanne Packer (Casualty), Lorne MacFadyen (Grantchester), Jane Hazlegrove (Holby City), Ashley Kumar (EastEnders), Kelly Harrison (Happy Valley) and Rupert Procter (Peaky Blinders). Gaby Chiappe and Alex Perrin are writers with DRG on international rights.
Zodiak Rights and Arise Pictures have set the first scripted series under their nascent first-look finance and distribution pact. Action thriller The Cleaners is created by LA- and London-based Arise’s David Raymond. Spain’s Arcadia Motion Pictures and UK producer Propulsion Pictures are co-producers. Casting is underway for the planned 10-part drama that sees the CIA working with an illegal group of money launderers who are bringing funds out of the Middle East as part of a clandestine initiative to facilitate regime change in the region. Production is eyed for later this year.
BBC Three has ordered two more seasons of comedy Cuckoo starring Greg Davies, Taylor Lautner, Tyger Drew-Honey, Esther Smith and Helen Baxendale. Roughcut TV produces the popular seven-part series that’s now seen on the online only channel which made the transition from broadcast to web last year. Production on the fourth season will begin later this year. The series debuted in 2012 playing off the premise of Andy Samberg as the surprise American hippie husband of a young English girl who returns home from a year abroad with him in tow. Things shifted when Samberg’s schedule prevented him from coming back for a second season and Lautner stepped in as Cuckoo’s alleged son.