The ABC has acquired ITV crime thriller Identity.
Created and co-written by Ed Whitmore (Waking the Dead), it stars Keeley Hawes (Ashes To Ashes) and Aidan Gillen (The Wire) as members of an elite police unit formed to combat the explosion of identity-related crime.
The series tackles the darker side of reinvention: murderers who literally take other people’s lives, criminals who create new personas to escape evil pasts, impostors who look, talk and sound just like us but would kill you in a heartbeat. The unit, lead by DSI Martha Lawrence, (Hawes) works any case where making an identification is a significant part of solving the crime by outsmarting, hunting down and unmasking the modern day Jekyll and Hydes.
The six part series is directed by Australia’s Brendan Maher (Spooks, Sisters of War, Dirt Game, Society Murders, MDA, Secret Life of Us).
ABC has also picked up the new season of Agatha Christie’s Poirot (4×120′) and Marple, plus ITV-produced BBC feature-length drama Margot and sitcom Miranda (6×30′), starring Miranda Hart (Absolutely Fabulous).