Ashley Walters, Amanda Abbington and Shaun Dooley cast in cop drama Cuffs

The new series from BBC1 will also feature Peter Sullivan, Paul Ready, Eleanor Matsuura and Alex Carter

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Cuffs at the ready… BBC1’s new cop series has announced a star-studded cast.

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Ashley Walters (Top Boy), Amanda Abbington (Sherlock) and Shaun Dooley (Broadchurch) will all feature in Cuffs – a brand new police drama set to begin filming this week.

Joining them are Peter Sullivan (The Borgias), Eleanor Matsuura (Utopia), Paul Ready (Ripper Street), Alex Carter (Hollyoaks) and newcomer Jacob Ifan.

Described as a “fresh, authentic and visceral drama”, Cuffs promises to follow plenty of “dramatic incidents and colourful characters.” 

The drama’s team of coppers will certainly be kept busy, facing a whole host of incidents, from a booby-trapped cannabis farm in a suburban semi to middle-class dog-napping and fisticuffs between pensioners. 

Written by Julie Gearey (Prisoners’ Wives), Cuffs promises to be character-led with plenty of police procedural and will be filmed in and around Brighton. 

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“With her incredible wit, authenticity and balls-out storytelling, Julie Gearey is taking the cop show genre back to basics to create a fresh and bold series, bang up to date for 2015,” says Tiger Aspect’s head of drama Will Gould. “We can’t wait for her vision to be brought to life by director Anthony Philipson and our extraordinarily talented and diverse cast.”