Lexie Noble's stable family life in Edinburgh is plunged into jeopardy when her accountant husband Jared is attacked in the street.

Year: 2023

Directors: Jennie Darnell, Andrew Cumming

Executive Producers: Jed Mercurio, Donna Baptiste

Cast: Morven Christie, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Derek Riddell, Peter Mullan

Screen Scotland Funding: The production accessed £300,000 through Screen Scotland’s Production Growth Fund to enable the production to be based in Glasgow where it shot on location. The production also supported Scottish talent and crew.


A compelling character-led series, Payback follows Lexie Noble, played by Morven Christie (The Bay, The A Word, Ordeal by Innocence), as she becomes entangled in a perilous police operation to topple a notorious crime lord, Cal Morris, played by Peter Mullan (The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, The Underground Railroad, Ozark).

With an idyllic family lifestyle in the suburbs of Edinburgh, Lexie is unaware her husband, Jared, has been laundering Cal Morris’ illegal earnings on a vast scale. Jared’s every move is being monitored by financial investigators DC Jibran Khan (Prasanna Puwanarajah) and DCI Adam Guthrie (Derek Riddell), who are determined to use the Noble family to bring Cal Morris to justice.

A partner in Jared’s business, Lexie is forced into working for Cal, at the same time as the police net inexorably tightens. Soon Lexie finds herself walking a treacherous tightrope between Cal and the police in which her safety, and even her life, are in grave danger.

Peter Mullan in Payback. Man with grey hair and beard sits in a leather arm shared ina room with wooden walls. He has a whiskey in his hand.Still of Peter Mullan in Payback, courtesy of ITV

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Premiere: Payback will begin on STV and ITV on Wednesday 4 October 2023 and will be available on ITV X and the STV Player.