Katherine Kelly to play "ruthless" newspaper editor in Field of Blood

The former Coronation Street actress joins the cast for series two of the acclaimed Scottish crime drama

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Former Corrie favourite Katherine Kelly is to star alongside David Morrissey, Jayd Johnson and Ford Kiernan in the second series of BBC Scotland’s acclaimed crime drama Field of Blood: the Dead Hour.

Taking place in the early 1980s, Field of Blood tells the story of a young copy-girl named Paddy Meehan (Jayd Johnson) working in a Glasgow newspaper office, whose attempts to become a fully-fledged journalist end up embroiling her in criminal investigations.

Kelly will star in the new series as the newspaper’s ambitious editor-in-chief Maloney, who intends to bring the periodical into the modern age, much to the chagrin of current editor Murray Devlin (David Morrissey).

Kelly said: "I’m delighted to join the cast of Field Of Blood: The Dead Hour.

"Maloney is a ferociously ambitious character and I'm excited to play such a ruthless, yet complicated, woman. I'm really looking forward to filming in Glasgow with a top class cast and crew."

Following on from the award-winning drama’s first 2011 miniseries, Field of Blood: the Dead Hour sees Paddy and reporter George McVie (Ford Kiernan) investigating an apparently innocuous call about a disturbance in an affluent part of Glasgow, which leads them to uncover police corruption, a government conspiracy and a cold-blooded murder.

Field of Blood is adapted from Denise Mina's bestselling novels about Patricia "Paddy" Meehan by Taggart scriptwriter David Kane.

Filming on the new series got under way in Glasgow this week. Field of Blood: the Dead Hour will be broadcast on the BBC in 2013.