Game of Thrones star Jamie Sives and Catastrophe star Mark Bonnar are to front a four-part dark crime caper for the BBC.
Sives, who starred as Jory Cassel in the HBO drama, and Bonnar play two disparate Scottish brothers Max and Jake who, while driving home from a wedding together one night, accidentally run over and kill an old man on a darkened street. After making the panicked decision to cover their tracks, the brothers seem to get away with their crime. However, as neighbours and relatives of the dead man begin to suspect his death wasn’t as innocent as it initially seemed, the brothers find their lives rapidly falling apart, as their actions begin to catch up with them. Their increasingly desperate attempts to conceal their guilt lead them further into a world where everyone seems to have a hidden agenda and they discover they can trust no-one, ultimately including each other.
The four-part drama is produced by Happy Tramp North and Expectation, the company set up by former Endemol chief Tim Hincks and ex-ITV content supremo Peter Fincham. It will air in the UK later this year and BBC Studios will sell internationally.
Guilt will be directed by Robbie McKillop (Clique) and exec produced by Neil Webster for Happy Tramp North and Kirstie Macdonald for Expectation. It was commissioned by Shane Allen, Controller Comedy Commissioning, Steve Carson, Head of Multi-Platform Commissioning, BBC Scotland and Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two. The Commissioning Executives for the BBC are Gregor Sharp and Gavin Smith.
Bonnar said, “I am hugely excited to be a part of Guilt and to be working with Neil again. The moment I read the first scene I was totally hooked. Neil has managed to write a captivating and breathless thriller which, even in its darkest, most dramatic moments, maintains a pitch black sense of humour. I don’t want to resort to hyperbole, but it is a total rollercoaster ride. Added to that, to be standing shoulder to shoulder with Jamie Sives, whom I’ve known since we were at Leith Academy together aged 11, is joyful beyond words. In fact, Edinburgh plays a central role itself and I’m looking forward to revisiting some old haunts… I can’t wait to get started.”
Sives added, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be involved in what I’m sure will be a cracking drama. Neil has written brilliant scripts for Guilt and I can’t wait to get tangled up in the web he has so expertly woven. Our director Rob McKillop is a special talent and everyone I’ve met so far on this project has been so enthusiastic about it. I’m also over the moon at the prospect of working with Mark Bonnar. Mark and I went to high school together. It’s really quite surreal to think that he and I sometimes walked to school together and now we’re about to lead up a terrific new drama together, and in the year of the launch of BBC Scotland’s brand new channel. It doesn’t get any better. I’ve been wanting to work with Mark for ages.”