'Downton' shingle produces WWII-set crime drama

LONDON — Carnival Films, the NBCUniversal owned British shingle behind “Downton Abbey,” has been commissioned to make a two-part crime drama set during World War II.

Murder on the Home Front,” starring Patrick Kennedy and Tamzin Merchant, is being made for U.K. commercial web ITV.

The thriller is loosely based on the memoires of Molly Lefebure, secretary to Keith Simpson, the British pathologist regarded as a pioneer of modern forensics.

Set during the London Blitz of 1940, “Murder” focuses on a time when Londoners were constantly threatened by German bombing raids, and involves the case of a man accused of murder.

Exec producer Sally Woodward Gentle said, “With Geoffrey Sax directing Davy Kane’s witty and fast-paced script we hope to depict London in the Blitz as a city living life on the edge.”

“Murder” is produced by Christopher Hall and exec produced by Gareth Neame and Woodward Gentle.

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