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UKTV begin production on ‘The Diplomat’

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UKTV begin production on ‘The Diplomat’

Filming for Alibi’s new UKTV Original drama, The Diplomat began today in Barcelona.

The six-part drama stars Sophie Rundle in the lead role as Laura Simmonds.

Further cast joining the series produced by World Productions, part of ITV Studios, include Danny Sapani as Colin Sutherland, Steve Cree as Sam Henderson and Serena Manteghi as Alba Ortiz. Plus, Isak Férriz joins the cast as Inspector Castells and Laia Costa as Mariana Cabell.

The Diplomat follows Laura Simmonds (Rundle) and her Barcelona Consul colleague and friend Alba Ortiz (Manteghi) as they fight to protect British nationals who find themselves in trouble in the Catalan city. Mixing the roles of lawyer, counsellor and cop, Laura and Alba’s diplomatic skills are stretched to the limit by the stream of cases that walk through the Consul’s doors.

The series opens with the unexplained death of a young British barman working on a yacht in Barcelona’s notorious marina. While the Spanish police believe that the death was a tragic accident, Laura supports the boy’s grieving father, Colin (Sapani) who is convinced something more sinister took place that night. As new evidence emerges and a murder enquiry is opened, Laura and Alba find links between the barman’s death, organised crime and the British security services. Laura’s quest for justice places her in real jeopardy, as she threatens to expose secrets that the British and Spanish will go to any lengths to keep hidden.

The Diplomat follows a strong line-up of UKTV Original dramas for Alibi, including the hit-series Annika, starring Nicola Walker, and Ragdoll, co-commissioned with AMC and produced by Sid Gentle Ltd. Traces also returned for a second series earlier this year and the new series of We Hunt Together is set to air on 5th May. BBC Studios is handling distribution internationally. – UKTV

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