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ITV commissions crime drama Professor T starring Ben Miller and Frances De La Tour

ITV commissions crime drama Professor T starring Ben Miller and Frances De La Tour and produced by Eagle Eye Drama

ITV has commissioned six-part smart crime drama Professor T starring Ben Miller and Frances de la Tour from newly formed production company, Eagle Eye Drama, launched by the same team behind global drama brand Walter Presents.

Professor T is the company’s first original drama commission.

Based on the hit Belgian series of the same name, Professor T is set against the stunning backdrop of one of the world’s most prestigious educational institutions, Cambridge University.

Ben Miller (Johnny English, Death in Paradise) plays the genius OCD criminologist, Professor Jasper Tempest, alongside Tony award-winning actress Frances de la Tour (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The History Boys) as his colourful but overbearing mother, Adelaide. Emerging star Emma Naomi who is currently appearing on the London stage in Blithe Spirit, takes up the role of Detective Inspector Lisa Donckers with rising star Barney White cast as her police sidekick Dan Winters.

The series will be directed by leading Belgian director, Indra Siera, and will be filmed in Belgium and Cambridge during the summer of 2020.  Eagle Eye Drama aims to create another household name to add to ITV’s impressive roster of renowned detectives and returnable crime series.

ITV’s Head of Drama Polly Hill has commissioned the series for the channel.

The series is produced by Eagle Eye Drama and is supported by Screen Flanders and the Belgian tax shelter. PBS Distribution holds the North American rights. Beta Film will distribute the series worldwide.

Commented Executive Producer and CEO of Eagle Eye Drama Walter Iuzzolino:

“Professor T is my all-time favourite detective – a tortured genius wrestling with a mystery childhood trauma. It’s a unique crime series with a core of wonderful warm characters at its heart and I am delighted to be working with our hand-picked European production team to make this for ITV and international audiences.”

 

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About Eagle Eye Drama

Eagle Eye Drama was formed by Walter Iuzzolino, Jo McGrath and Jason Thorp, the same three founders and creative team behind the global drama company Walter Presents. The company focuses on producing English language series inspired by hit foreign language shows they have discovered and championed from around the world.