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Chris Lang penned drama for UKTV’s Alibi


Chris Lang penned drama for UKTV’s Alibi

UKTV continues to invest in original drama for its specialist crime drama channel, Alibi…

The channel has this week announced the six-part series I, Jack Wright written by Chris Lang and produced by Federation Stories.

Chris Lang:

“I’m so excited to be about to start shooting I, Jack Wright, and delighted to have assembled such an astonishing cast and creative team. Wills are extraordinary documents. The preferment of one sibling or another, one friend, one wife, one husband, is often seen as an expression of who was loved more (or less) with the very person who can explain the document’s true meaning, unable to.

“They can be used to punish, to reveal long buried secrets, to disinherit and destroy, as well as to bring succour, to affirm love, and make dreams come true. They are the most potent echo of the ended life, for good and for bad, and the will of Jack Wright is no exception – so buckle up, it’s going to be quite a ride!”

Nikki Amuka-Bird (Citadel, Hard Sun) will star as Sally Wright, alongside John Simm (Grace, Crime) as Gray Wright and Gemma Jones (Gentleman Jack, Finding Alice) as Rose Wright.

Jack Wright is a powerful and successful businessman, who leaves his family in disarray when they learn of his suicide. When the provisions of Jack’s final will and testament are made known, his third wife, Sally (Amuka-Bird), and two sons, Gray (Simm) and John, are shocked to discover they have been largely cut out of Jack’s enormous fortune. As DCI Morgan and DC Jones delve further into the case, they realise Jack’s cause of death was in fact murder.

Their sights turn to the Wright family, where the mother of all feuds is beginning. As each family member becomes more reckless and desperate in their bid to own a piece of Jack’s legacy, dark secrets and resentments are revealed with explosive consequences.

I, Jack Wright is a propulsive, darkly comic and moving murder mystery family drama which offers many twists and turns as one family deals with treachery and hidden agendas from all involved.

The UKTV Original series has been commissioned by Hilary Rosen, director of commissioning.

Hilary Rosen:

“Chris Lang has delivered a gripping story of the devastating impact that patriarch, Jack Wright’s will has on his shocked and feuding family. We are thrilled to be working with Chris and the team at Federation Stories on this fresh, modern and dark family drama. It’s an absolute page turner that’s told in a highly original way.”

I, Jack Wright is the latest UKTV Original drama for Alibi and will air in 2025. Alibi’s other drama for 2024 is The Red King, produced by Quay Street Productions, and will air later this year.

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