ITV climbs aboard Passenger

ITV climbs aboard Passenger

By Michael Pickard
February 14, 2024

First Look

FIRST LOOK: Wunmi Mosaku (Loki) stars in Passenger, an ITV drama about a detective investigating a series of strange crimes in a close-knit community.

Set in the fictional small Northern town of Chadder Vale, Mosaku plays former Met Police detective Riya Ajunwa as she investigates a series of inexplicable crimes that have the townsfolk spinning on an axis.

Riya arrived in the quiet town five years ago and has since been searching for something, anything that will make her feel alive again. Then one night local girl Katie Wells (Rowan Robinson) mysteriously disappears. The town barely has time to register her absence before she reappears the next day, apparently safe and sound. The townsfolk ask few questions and normal life resumes.

But for Riya, a relative outsider to the Chadder Vale way of life, none of this sits right. As a series of strange happenings and increasingly shocking crimes start unfolding within the town, the resident’s resort to short-sighted theories and blame outside influences such as the fracking site and its manager Jim Bracknell (David Threlfall). As things become stranger, Riya fights hard to convince the villagers that all is not as it seems. But what are they so afraid of?

Additional casting includes Jo Hartley as Chief Constable Linda Markel, Sean Gilder as Tony Corrigan, Debbie Rush as forensic analyst Terry Jackson, Daniel Ryan as Derek Jackson, Barry Sloane as Eddie Wells, Natalie Gavin as Joanne Wells, Nico Mirallegro as Kane Jackson, Hubert Hanowicz as Jakub Makowski, Jack James Ryan as John Trowbridge, Matilda Freeman as Lilly Wells, Shervin Alenabi as Mehmet Shah, Ella Bruccoleri as Ali Day and Arian Nik as Nish Chowdry.

Produced by Northern Sister and coproduced with Britbox International and Germany’s ARD Degeto, Passenger is the debut project from writer Andrew Buchan, who is best known for his acting roles in Broadchurch, The Honourable Woman and Better.

It is executive produced by Lucy Dyke (The Split, Eric) and Simon Maloney (Time, I May Destroy You) for Northern Sister and Jane Featherstone (This is Going to Hurt, Chernobyl) for Sister.

The series is produced by Sumrah Mohammed (The Split 3) and directed by Lee Haven-Jones (The Bay, The Feast) and Nicole Charles (The Following Events are Based on a Pack of Lies).

Distributed by All3Media International, Passenger launches on ITV1 and ITVX in March.

Here’s the teaser trailer:

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