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27/01/2020

ITV Commissions Viewpoint

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ITV has commissioned five-part thriller, Viewpoint, from Emmy and Edgar award winning screenwriter, Ed Whitmore, and independent producers, Tiger Aspect Productions, part of EndemolShine UK.

Based on an idea by Fleabag director Harry Bradbeer, who has co-created the series with Ed Whitmore, Viewpoint follows a police surveillance investigation into a tight knit Manchester community and explores whether it is ever possible observe the lives of others with true objectivity and zero effect.

When beloved primary school teacher Gemma King vanishes into thin air, DC Martin Young decides to set up his observation post in the home of single mum Zoe Sturges. His reasoning is simple – Zoe’s flat commands a panoramic view of all the comings and goings in Westbury Square.

More specifically, he can see straight into the flat that Gemma shares with boyfriend Greg Sullivan..…the prime suspect in her disappearance.

But Martin is a man carrying his own burden of trauma and guilt and he starts to question if he can trust what he observes? Could he be projecting his own loneliness and remorse onto the ostracised Greg?

And are his developing feelings for the combative Zoe – with her own penchant for voyeurism – compromising his ability to do his job?

Mining the paranoid hinterland of Rear Window and The Lives Of Others, Viewpoint delivers a contemporary, character-driven murder mystery with a seductively intimate feel. But ultimately, it’s as much about friendship, trust and community as it is about solving a crime - it’s about the tension between our public and private lives and the secrets and horrors that thrive behind closed doors……especially when we think no-one’s watching.

Viewpoint has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill.
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