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UKTV and S4C unite for legal crime drama

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UKTV and S4C unite for legal crime drama

Mudtown will air a English speaking version on UKTV’s Alibi while a Welsh spoken version airs on S4C…

The six-part series for UKTV’s crime drama channel, Alibi is a co-commission with Welsh language free-to-air channel S4C and All3Media International. Production on each hour-long edition has begun filming, shooting back-to-back in both English and Welsh language.

The UKTV Original series has been commissioned by Helen Perry, head of drama for UKTV:

“It’s brilliant to be working with Severn Screen and partnering with S4C, for the first time, alongside All3Media International. I’m thrilled that we get to bring Hannah and Georgia’s razor-sharp scripts to life in a way that will make our audiences laugh, cry, gasp and stay on the edge of their seats. The characters are colourful, the crimes are complex, the twists are non-stop, and the whole show is shot through with wit. This series will give our Alibi audiences a very different type of legal drama and I can’t wait to introduce them to it.”

Mudtown centres around life at Newport’s Magistrates Court. The drama is written by writing duo Hannah Daniel and Georgia Lee. Erin Richards (Gotham, The Crown) is set to take the lead as Claire Lewis Jones, alongside Tom Cullen (The Gold, Becoming Elizabeth) as St Pete, Matthew Gravelle (Broadchurch, Steeltown Murders) as Alun Lewis Jones, Lauren Morais (The Red King) as Beca Lewis Jones, Lloyd Meredith (The Red King, Gran Turismo) as Sonny Higgins, Kimberly Nixon (The Salisbury Poisonings, Life and Death in the Warehouse) as Sara Humphries, Sion Pritchard (Pila Pala, The Indian Doctor) as Davey Johns and Ifan Huw Dafydd (The Light in the Hall, Requiem) as Owen Williams.

The series follows experienced Magistrate Claire Lewis Jones as she faces personal turmoil while presiding over cases at Newport Magistrates Court. When Ned Humphries, a childhood friend of Beca, Claire’s daughter, faces arson charges, Claire’s loyalty to her community is put to the test. Matters are made worse when local criminal kingpin Saint Pete appears on the scene. Claire and Saint Pete go back a long way – will her past come back to threaten her present?

As she delves deeper into the case, and suspicions grow around her daughter’s new bad-boy boyfriend, Sonny Higgins, Claire uncovers a web of criminal activity that could put her and her family at risk.

Slowly the truth emerges and consequences unfold, Claire then must confront her own biases and decisions. The lines between right and wrong become blurred, leaving Claire in muddy waters as her maternal instincts clash with her commitment to uphold the law.

Gwenllian Gravelle at S4C:

“S4C is delighted to be working with UKTV and All3Media International on this must-watch fresh take on the procedural crime show genre. The brilliant team at Severn Screen has not only created a drama that reflects the reality of a south Wales community, but the human impact of crime is put under the microscope with wit, grit and compassion. With a terrific cast playing compelling characters, I can’t wait for the audience to see this masterfully plotted and visually stunning drama.”

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