Foyle’s War writer Anthony Horowitz to create new detective drama for BBC1

New Blood will be a seven-part contemporary crime series set in London

We now know what Anthony Horowitz will be doing next, after his well-loved and long-running ITV drama Foyle’s War ended earlier this year.


The screenwriter and author has been commissioned by the BBC to write New Blood, a seven-part crime series set in modern London.

The drama will focus on Stefan and Rash, two junior detectives just starting out on their careers in the city, whose investigations see them in conflict with the establishment.

Horowitz, who is also writing a new James Bond novel, made eight series of period crime drama Foyle’s War for ITV before it ended, apparently for good, in January.

“For a long time I’ve been wondering how to take a fresh approach to crime drama and I hope that with New Blood I’ve succeeded,” Horowitz said.

“This is a show about the so-called Y generation – young people starting out in their careers, the powerless against the powerful. It’s so refreshing to be writing about two central characters who are still in their late twenties and 21st century London is the perfect setting. [BBC Drama Controller] Ben Stephenson has been hugely supportive and I’m delighted to be back at the BBC.”

The series will be made by Foyle’s War producers Eleventh Hour Films, and will be the first BBC drama for the company. Casting is yet to be announced.


Horowitz has clearly moved on from a previous encounter with BBC producers. “Not so long ago, I was fired by a TV producer at the BBC after writing the first episode of a five-part series,” he wrote in the programme notes to London play Seminar. “I had been working for three months and, in a twenty-minute meeting, that woman put a knife in my stomach and twisted it.”