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Keeley Hawes to lead new BBC One drama, Crossfire

Filming has begun on the new three-part drama, created and written by Louise Doughty, her first original series for television.

Set in a luxurious resort in the Canary Islands, Keeley Hawes stars as Jo whose world is turned upside down whilst sunbathing on her hotel room balcony on a dream holiday with her family and friends, when shots ring out across the complex.

Gunmen, out for revenge, have, in an instant, turned a slice of paradise into a terrifying heart-breaking hell.

Crossfire, a story of survival and resilience, promises to be an edge-of-your-seat nail-biting thriller whilst also emotional, intimate and relatable.

With the unsuspecting holidaymakers and hotel staff forced to make monumental split-second life or death decisions, the consequences will linger long after the final shots are fired.

Starring alongside Hawes will be; Josette Simon, Anneika Rose, Lee Ingleby, Daniel Ryan, Vikash Bhai, Hugo Silva, Alba Brunet, Shalisha James-Davis and Ariyon Bakare.

Directed by Tessa Hoffe and produced by Alex Mercer, Crossfire is being made by Dancing Ledge Productions and in co-production with Spanish free-to-air broadcaster TVE. A deal struck by Fremantle, and in association with Buddy Club Productions.

Speaking about the new project, Keeley says "I’m so excited to be embarking on this brilliantly compelling and propulsive drama for the BBC, especially as it’s the third production for Buddy Club. Filming has already begun and we’re delighted to be collaborating with the team at Dancing Ledge Productions and Louise Doughty on her first original production for television."

Executive Producer for Dancing Ledge Productions, Chris Carey said "We’re so thrilled to be working with Louise Doughty. Already one of the most significant novelists of her generation it’s a real honour for us to produce her first original screenplay for the BBC."

"Crossfire demonstrates her considerable storytelling skills combining visceral edge-of-your-seat action with truthful and relatable characters. That her scripts have attracted the attention of the fabulous Keeley Hawes and the rest of our brilliant cast, as well our incredible director Tessa Hoffe, is testament to that quality.”

And Rebecca Dundon, VP Scripted Fremantle added "From the first moment I read the scripts for Crossfire I was completely entranced. Louise has masterminded an action-packed narrative laced with rich characters, thrilling hold your breath moments, lots of heart and huge stakes and I have no doubt the series will captivate audiences across the world with its surprising and intriguing events."

"With a phenomenal cast, led by the renowned Keeley Hawes, we are so proud to be working with Dancing Ledge, the BBC and TVE on bringing this exciting series to screens around the world next year."

Crossfire will air on BBC One


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