Keith Allen is set to join Tara Fitzgerald in BBC One’s new crime drama series The Body Farm.

Keith will play Detective Inspector Hale who calls up Waking The Dead’s pathologist Dr Eve Lockhart (Tara Fitzgerald) and her private forensics facility to help solve crimes and find justice for the victims.

Speaking about his new role, Keith said: “I’m delighted that the BBC has given me the chance to delve into the murky world of The Body Farm”.

DI Hale will be introduced to Eve in the opening 90-minute special episode of the six-part series, where viewers will be led into The Body Farm, a boundary-pushing research centre where no horror is taken for granted and murder is seen for what it is.

The crime-solving team is made up of eager researcher Rosa, played by Silent Witness’s Wunmi Mosaku, Eve’s right-hand man Mike, played by Bourne Ultimatum’s Mark Bazeley, and a hardcore science geek, Oggy (Finlay Robertson).

Kate Harwood, Controller of Drama Series and Serials, says: “We are tremendously excited to have such a wonderful cast line-up and be following the character of Eve Lockhart into a new job as she leads her pioneering forensic team out to fight crime; Eve will face her challenges in the same way that she did in Waking the Dead, with cool professionalism and quiet compassion.”