A top ITV executive has written a new police crime drama – for the BBC.
ITV Studios managing director Kevin Lygo used the pseudonym Ruby Solomon when he pitched police show Walter to corporation executives.
He offered it to the public broadcaster as he wanted to avoid any potential conflict of interest because it was to be made by ITV Studios, and also ‘partly because I’m naturally a bit mischievous’, he told the Guardian.
The pilot episode of the programme, with Crying Game and Line Of Duty star Adrian Dunbar (pictured) in the title role, will screen on August 8 after it was commissioned by BBC director of television Danny Cohen, comedy commissioning controller Shane Allen and BBC One controller Charlotte Moore.
Kevin, a former Channel 4 director, told the Guardian he wrote it at weekends and that it was ‘somewhere between New Tricks and Minder’. His daughter, Madison, will also star in it.
“Obviously I read a lot of scripts and see a lot of TV. I thought it would be an interesting exercise to see if I could write one myself. I found it enjoyable,” he told the newspaper.
“It was well worth it. I think I will be slightly different in the way I approach writers and directors in future because of having done Walter.”