Stephen Graham To Play The Watchman In C4 Drama

Stephen Graham (This Is England) has been cast as the lead in The Watchman for Channel 4, a new drama written and directed by documentary film maker Dave Nath.

Graham will play father of two Carl, a CCTV operator who views the world through a bank of screens. Working alone, he has gradually become intoxicated by the power of being the ‘all-seeing eye’.

Carl’s frustration with the local police comes to a head when they refuse to tackle a group of local drug dealers, so he decides to intervene. What follows is a terrifying chain of events played across one night shift.

Graham says: “This is a fascinating project with a compelling narrative; I’m looking forward to seeing how Dave will bring his documentary storytelling techniques to this dark drama.”

Nath, who is best known for documentaries such as Bedlam and The Murder Detectives, says: “It’s a film about a good man who makes one terrible mistake. But it also asks whether CCTV can distort our view of the world and our place within it.”

Head of Documentaries Nick Mirsky says: “Channel 4 Documentaries is keen to continue to give our very best factual talents opportunities to explore the modern world in drama. Dave is absolutely in that category, and has written an exceptionally powerful script which is a ‘what if’ psychological thriller of our times.