ITV commissions psychological thriller Thirteen Steps Down

Ruth Rendell novel to be adapted for the screen by Primeval’s Adrian Hodges

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ITV has announced a two-part dramatisation of Ruth Rendell’s chilling thriller, Thirteen Steps Down.

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Attack the Block’s Luke Treadaway stars as Mix, a repairman and occasional gigolo who believes he’s haunted by serial killer John Reginald Christie. He lodges with an eccentric landlady, Gwendolen (Geraldine James), in a self-contained flat that’s a shrine to top model Nerissa Nash (played by Elarica Gallacher).

As his obsession with the cover girl grows, viewers discover the roots of his violent outbursts and the connection between him and his landlady.

Spooks’s Gemma Jones and former Bond girl Maryam d’Abo also star.

Filming begins in London and Dublin for five weeks at the end of March.

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Laura Mackie, director of drama at ITV, said: “Ruth Rendell’s characterisations and plot weaving create irresistible stories for contemporary television dramas. Adrian Hodges’ enthralling script perfectly captures the spine-chilling and eerie suspense of Thirteen Steps Down.”