Sherlock’s Amanda Abbington will star in a new BBC cop drama, Cuffs, which is apparently filled with ‘humanity and humour’.

Written by Julie Gearey, who wrote dramas such as Prisoners’ Wives and Secret Diary of a Call Girl, the Beeb says Cuffs will be a character-led show which is more than your average police procedural.

She’s joined in Cuffs cast by Ashley Walters (Top Boy), Peter Sullivan (Indian Summers), Shaun Dooley (Broadchurch), Alex Carter (Hollyoaks, Emmerdale) and Paul Ready (Ripper Street).

Filming begins this week and a press release from the BBC says: “Cuffs is a fresh, authentic and visceral drama that will take the audience on an exhilarating ride through the challenges of front-line policing.”

“Adrenalized and vibrant, the show is packed full of dramatic incidents and colourful characters. From a booby trapped cannabis farm in a suburban semi to an elderly farmer’s wife with a shotgun, the stories are surprising and exciting.”

“There will be more absurd altercations – such as a middle-class dog-napping or fisticuffs between pensioners – as well as the daily grind of speeding drivers, city-centre shoplifters and Saturday night drinkers.”

Amanda plays Mary Morstan in Sherlock, wife of Dr Watson, who in turn is played by her real life husband Martin Freeman.