Birger Larsen, the director of critically acclaimed Danish crime drama The Killing, is to make a new show for BBC2.
Murder will be the first UK project for the Danish filmmaker who directed the first three episodes of The Killing and several episodes of Those Who Kill.
The new drama, written by Robert Jones and Kath Mattock, the team behind Bafta-winning Channel 4 series Buried, follows the story of a volatile relationship between two sisters, Coleen and Erin. Hours after meeting a stranger, Stefan, passing through town, one of them is dead. The series explores who killed them, and why.
The show promises to “revisit the missing moments in the search of truth” without entering the courtroom, instead allowing the protagonists to tell their story using flashbacks, CCTV footage and forensic evidence. The viewer will be invited to judge who is guilty – but “where does the truth lie when different don’t add up?”
“I can say without exaggeration that it was the best script I have seen since The Killing,” said Larsen.
He added: “I was attracted to the fact that it’s written in such a way that the actors talk direct to camera. It feels original and intimate. You’re drawn into their world – you see it through their eyes.”
The cast includes Karla Crome (Hit And Miss), and Lara Rossi (Tender Napalm) as sisters Coleen and Erin Lowell. Joe Dempsie (Skins), Stephen Dillane (The Hours, Game of Thrones), Robert Pugh (Justice, Game of Thrones) and Lauren Socha (Misfits) will also feature.
“Robert Jones has found a really fresh and innovative way of telling crime stories and in doing so has created a unique format. It is a testament to the strength of his script that such a strong team has been brought together both in front of and behind the camera,” said BBC executive producer Matthew Read.