Filming has begun on new BBC One six-part thriller, Rellik, by Harry and Jack Williams (The Missing), which tells the story of a serial killer in reverse. Richard Dormer (Fortitude) and Jodi Balfour (The Crown) are confirmed to star.
What makes a serial killer? Or the cop who is compelled to relentlessly track them down? What are the events that form a person into the human being they will become – killer or cop?
Rellik is a structural conceit which turns the serial killer story on its head. The perpetrator is caught before the drama moves backwards in time to the very beginning – the crime itself and ultimately the killer.
The search for the killer provides the backbone of the story but the damaged and disfigured Met detective Gabriel Markham (Richard Dormer) is at its centre. Enigmatic, unrelenting and charismatic, Gabriel is propelled in an obsessive hunt for a serial killer who left a mark on him both physically and mentally. Gabriel’s partner Elaine is played by Jodi Balfour.
Harry and Jack Williams said: “We are really pleased to be working with the BBC again… Rellik is a dark thriller tonally very different to anything we’ve done before and we’re looking forward to bringing it to the screen.”
Rellik, directed by Sam Miller (Luther), will air on BBC One in the UK and Cinemax in the US.