The Bill makers to create new police drama for ITV

ITV has announced plans for a new daytime police procedural drama from the makers behind The Bill.

True Crime, a 20-part series filmed at The Bill’s former home at Wimbledon Studios, will focus on two police officers tackling cases inspired by real events.

Created by former Hollyoaks and The Bill producer Paul Marquess, True Crime will be shot in a documentary style and will contain footage made to look like CCTV to give it an authentic edge.

The drama will aim to provide an insight into the working methods of experienced detectives during investigations.

Alison Sharman, ITV’s director of factual and daytime, hinted that some elements of True Crime will be unscripted and said that it would be ambitious in scale despite ‘challenging daytime budgets’.

“It’s very confident and sassy, and there’s definitely some grit in the oyster,” said Alison, who ordered the show after seeing a pilot. “We know that drama repeats fare well on ITV1 in the afternoon, but there’s the opportunity to do something fresh and challenging.”

The first series will be stripped on ITV1 in an afternoon slot later this year.