‘Dalgliesh’ Starring Bertie Carvel to Return + More UK Greenlit

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The following BBC projects are now visible on the horizon, whether in development or actively casting. Keep these leads on your radar and your eyes open for the opportunity to land an audition.


The multi-talented Bertie Carvel (memorably of Doctor Foster, and lately of the Coen Brothers’ The Tragedy of Macbeth) returns as the thinking man’s cop Adam Dalgliesh in a second instalment of the crime caper. Acorn and Channel 5’s adaptation of PD James’ book series, following an enigmatic poet-detective, is part of the channel’s drive to commission homemade drama, pitching itself as competition against bigger broadcasters and streamers. And it’s working, with the first season well-reviewed and admired for its complexity

Dalgliesh season one saw three cases split over six episodes and it’s likely this second season will follow suit. Previous co-stars included hot properties Jeremy Irvine and Fra Free, plus Natasha Little of the hotly anticipated Ten Percent, Amazon’s English-language remake of Call My Agent. The series is set to shoot in Northern Ireland this summer and it’s likely that the casting team led by Belfast’s Carla Stronge and associate Michael Hooley will return. 


Writer-director Sam Baron (The Orgy) has been greenlit to shoot Tonight, a stylish feature following a happily married academic whose life is changed forever after bumping into an old boyfriend. There’s no filming schedule as yet but casting director Lauren Evans is attached. 


After a two year delay, feature thriller Mirbat is scheduled to film this year, with director Tom Petch retelling the true story of a secret war in 1970s Oman. Following an isolated special forces unit fighting for their lives, stars Uli Latukefu and Tom Brittney are attached. As is casting director Kate Ringsell

Check out Backstage’s UK audition listings!

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