The BBC has announced a new 6-part crime drama for BBC One based on the Detective Virdee novels by A.A. Dhand. Sacha Dhawan has been cast in the title role playing Detective Harry Virdee, a Bradford cop who has been disowned by his Sikh family for marrying Saima, who is Muslim.
The story sees him hunting down a serial killer who is targeting the Asian community.
The BBC's official synopsis for the show says, "When the murderer kidnaps a local MP’s daughter in Bradford and holds the entire city to ransom, Harry realises that he is going to need the help of his brother-in-law Riaz, a drugs kingpin who runs the largest cartel in the county. Pulled together in an alliance that could ruin them both, Harry must make a choice: save himself and his family or save his city. He will not be able to do both."
The show was announced at the Edinburgh TV Festival last week with Lindsay Salt, Director of BBC Drama, saying, "Virdee is a powerful and gripping detective story but at its heart are two people in love and their struggle to be accepted as a couple," said Salt. "With Sacha in the lead role of Harry and Bradford providing the perfect backdrop, I can’t wait for viewers to be captivated by this series."
Filming will begin later this year in Bradford.
Sacha Dhawan is available for voiceovers from Anthea Represents. Click his image for his profile page and voiceover showreel.