£250,000 support for Scottish production The Victim

Highly anticipated forthcoming BBC One drama, The Victim, has received £250,000 Screen Scotland Production Growth Funds to support Scottish acting talent, crews, and filming across Scotland’s central belt.

The 4-part crime drama starring Scottish actors, Kelly Macdonald, John Hannah and James Harkness and set in Port Glasgow and Edinburgh, will air at 9pm on BBC One from Monday 8 - Thursday 11 April.

The Victim has been produced in Scotland by STV Productions (Antiques Road Trip, Catchphrase, Taggart) for the BBC and was filmed at locations in Glasgow, including Glasgow City Chambers, City of Glasgow College and Flemington House, as well as in Largs and Edinburgh.

About The Victim

The Victim is a thriller told through the eyes of the plaintiff and the accused. Set within Scotland’s legal system, the drama asks the question: who really, is the victim?

Kelly Macdonald plays Anna Dean, whose son was murdered 15 years ago. She is accused of revealing his killer’s new identity online and conspiring to have them murdered. Has the anger of a grieving mother turned her into a criminal? What is she capable of doing in her son’s name?

Hard-working family man Craig Myers (James Harkness) is viciously attacked after being identified online as a notorious child murderer. Should Craig keep his head down or try to prove his innocence? Is he a convicted murderer, or simply the tragic victim of mistaken identity?

The Victim follows the progress of a trial in Edinburgh’s High Court, while covering the events leading up to the legal proceedings, and the criminal investigation led by DI Steven Grover (John Hannah) - who has his own reasons for wanting to crack the case.

Craig and Anna are pitted against each other, but audience sympathies will be divided. New potential suspects will be revealed and long buried secrets unearthed as the story builds to a final, devastating climax.

"Scottish on and off screen talent, front and centre"

“We are so proud to be putting Scottish on and off screen talent front and centre in STV’s first drama for the BBC, and we are incredibly grateful to Screen Scotland. Their contribution was an integral part of making the show happen."

Sarah Brown, Head of Drama at STV Productions

Fiona HyslopCabinet Secretary for CultureTourism and External Affairs said,

“This production, from a Scottish company using Scottish talent and filming in Scotland, shows what we are able to deliver when the TV sector steps up to the challenge of a greater demand for content. The Scottish Government has provided substantial funding to support film and television production, and it is good to see this sort of high quality drama resulting from our commitment to the industry.”

Isabel Davis, Executive Director at Screen Scotland said,

“We’re proud to support this new network drama from Scottish production company STV Productions for BBC. This compelling thriller showcases Scottish acting talent, our world-class crews, and a sweep of locations across Scotland’s central belt.”

Sarah Brown, Head of Drama at STV Productions said,

“We are so proud to be putting Scottish on and off screen talent front and centre in STV’s first drama for the BBC, and we are incredibly grateful to Screen Scotland. Their contribution was an integral part of making the show happen.

A BBC Scotland spokesperson said,

“Working in partnership whenever we can to bring great content for our audiences is one of our key goals. This kind of collaboration brings tremendous benefits to the wider creative industries sector in Scotland.”

About STV Productions

STV Productions is one of the UK’s leading content businesses with ambitious plans for domestic and international growth.

The company, led by award-winning executive, David Mortimer, has an impressive track-record of success across genres including drama, entertainment and factual, with commissions from a wide range of broadcasters.

Eighteen series of ratings winner, Antiques Road Trip have been produced for the BBC, along with eight series of sister programme, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. A further two series of Antiques Road Trip and a ninth series of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip have been commissioned for production in 2019.

In entertainment, the company has produced seven series of Catchphrase for ITV, game shows And They’re Off...for Sport Relief for BBC One and Babushka for ITV Daytime, two series of Safeword for ITV – with a two series remake for VHI/MTV in the US, as well as The Dressing Room for UKTV’s entertainment channel W. Sex Tape, a 4-part show for Channel 4, will transmit in 2019.

STV Productions has a track record of producing quality drama, with 4-part thriller The Victim – starring Kelly Macdonald and John Hannah – transmitting in April on BBC One. STV Productions has also confirmed a second BBC drama commission - Elizabeth is Missing, adapted from Emma Healey’s novel. Previous drama productions include Taggart and Rebus for ITV.

Highlights among factual series and specials include Britain’s Polar Bear Cub for Channel 4, two series of Prison: First & Last 24 Hours for Sky One, Ross Kemp Behind Bars – Inside Barlinnie for ITV, Scotland and the Battle for Britain presented by Andrew Marr for BBC Two, Fire in the Night, an award-winning feature documentary to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered for BBC One, Smithsonian Channel and Discovery Canada, as well as documentary series Yes/No – Inside The Indyref and Inside Central Station for the BBC Scotland channel.

STV Productions works with a number of leading international sales agents that distribute its programmes and formats outside the UK. The company’s partnership with Sky Vision covers international distribution of STV Productions' unscripted catalogue as well as a global distribution deal for forthcoming BBC drama, The Victim.

Learn more about STV Productions on their website at https://www.stvproductions.tv/.

John Hannah sits in a dimly lit room with a telephone to his ear in The Victim

About Production Growth Funding

The Production Growth Fund aims to help grow Scotland’s screen production sector, creating employment opportunities for Scottish crews, encouraging the use of production facilities, providing significant opportunities for the professional development of producers based in Scotland, and delivering a direct and significant economic benefit to Scotland.

It seeks to do this by attracting large scale productions into the country, and maximising spend in Scotland. More details are available on the Production Growth Fund page.

Previous productions to receive Production Growth Funding include: Ordeal by Innocence, Outlaw King, The Vanishing, The Loch, Malevolent, Wild Rose, Churchill, Calibre and In Plain Sight.

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