Channel 4 meets Patience

Channel 4 meets Patience

By Michael Pickard
June 20, 2024

First Look

FIRST LOOK: Filming has wrapped on a new Channel 4 drama called Patience, which is based on the French crime series Astrid et Raphaëlle (Astrid: Murder in Paris).

Produced by Eagle Eye Drama (The Couple Next Door, Professor T), the six-parter stars Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad) and Ella Maisy Purvis (Kind of Spark).

Patience Evans (Purvis) works in the criminal records department of Yorkshire Police, cataloguing and filing the evidence produced during major cases. A young autistic woman, she craves routine and order, relishing the solitude and structure her job provides but she yearns for more. A brilliant, self-taught criminologist, Patience has an instinctive eye for crime scenes and a passion for problem-solving.

Detective Bea Metcalf (Fraser) is the first person to spot and utilise her talent, which opens a door into a whole new world for Patience. Patience attends a regular support group for autistic adults where they discuss the barriers in operating in a neuro-typical world and how best to navigate it.

Notably, all neuro-divergent characters within the series will be played by neuro-diverse actors, including the title role of Patience.

Patience is directed by Maarten Moerkerke (13 Commandments). Matt Baker (Hotel Portofino, Professor T, Suspect) heads up the writing team and is joined by Stephen Brady (Professor T), Sarah Freethy (The Porcelain Maker) and Daniella DeVinter (Before We Die S2), all of whom have personal experience relating to autism.

Jo McGrath and Walter Iuzzolino executive produce for Eagle Eye Drama. It is a co-production of JLA Productions. The series will be distributed worldwide by Beta Film and is being produced in association with Happy Duck Films.

Filming has taken place in York and Belgium. Further release details are to be announced.

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