There is an exciting new series starting this month featuring several Doctor Who alumni. Carey Mulligan (An Education, Suffragette and the iconic Doctor Who episode – Blink) is starring as DI Kip Glaspie in BBC Two’s Collateral. Also featuring this is award-winning cast are John Simm (Life on Mars, Doctor Who), Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Doctor Who, Yerma) and Nicola Walker (Spooks, Last Tango in Halifax).
Created by Sir David Hare (The Hours, The Reader) and directed by SJ Clarkson (Dexter, Jessica Jones, Love Nina, Toast), the four-part drama follows the fallout from the seemingly unimportant murder of a pizza delivery man, Abdullah Asif (Sam Otto). Detective Inspector Kip Glaspie (Casey Mulligan) refuses to accept this as just another act of senseless violence and tracks down the truth behind the young man’s death. The scene becomes more complex as the plot twists and turns around issues relating to immigration, politics and even religion.
John Simm portrays MP David Mars, who becomes instantly involved when he arrives to comfort his troubled and unpredictable ex-wife Karen (Billie Piper), a customer on the scene at the murder. Jane Oliver (Walker), a compassionate vicar, becomes embroiled with the crime as she struggles to conceal her affair with the only witness to the crime.
The first of this four-part crime drama airs on BBC Two, Monday 12 February at 9pm.
Collateral – Synopsys – Episode 1
The detective in charge, DI Kip Glaspie (Carey Mulligan), quickly discovers that the pizza manager Laurie Stone (Hayley Squires), inexplicably sent Syrian refugee Abdullah instead of regular driver Mikey Gowans (Brian Vernel). At the crime scene, KIP dismisses pushy reporter Robert Walsh (Mark Umbers), and is briefed by her partner DS Nathan Bilk (Nathanial Martello-White).
The killing seems professional, but the only witness – a young woman strung out on drugs on the street corner – gives the police a false name and address. Local MP David Mars (John Simm) arrives to comfort his ex-wife Karen (Billie Piper), the customer of the fatal pizza delivery.
Kip and Nathan track down Abdullah’s home, a set of garages, to find his sisters, Fatima (Ahd Kamel) and Mona (July Namir). The sisters are scared and Kip’s convinced they’re hiding something.
Meanwhile,Mikey takes a beating from two men he tries to warn about the police investigation. And manageress Laurie returns home to care for her ageing mum… unaware that two shady figures are watching her every move.