ITV Studios is behind new ITV drama The Walk-In, starring Stephen Graham, written by screenwriter Jeff Pope and directed by Paul Andrew Williams.

ITV’s head of Drama Polly Hill commissioned the five-parter, the true story of how a Neo-Nazi plan to kill an MP was foiled by an inside man. It explores issues of modern times including racism, freedom of speech and terrorism.

Stephen Graham (This Is England, Help, Time, The Virtues) takes the leading role of activist Matthew Collins, a reformed Neo-Nazi, now working as a bona fide journalist for the anti-racist organisation, Hope not Hate.

Director Paul Andrew Williams (A Confession, Murdered for Being Different, Broadchurch) has worked previously with Jeff Pope on A Confession and Isolation Stories. Williams is also an executive producer alongside Jeff Pope (A Confession, Stan & Ollie, Little Boy Blue), Stephen Graham and Tom Dunbar (A Confession, Isolation Stories).

It’s billed as “a thought-provoking, conscience stirring drama which poses timeless questions – What makes people fear and hate those who are different from themselves? Can someone’s view of the world be fundamentally changed?”

Forced to flee the UK and go into hiding in the 1990’s when he became a mole from within the BNP, Collins returned to Britain to make a new life for himself. The drama focuses upon Collins and his work to stop the radicalisation of young white men before it begins.

We see him identify a Far Right Neo-Nazi group marking itself out with a youthful clean-cut image, hell bent on creating race war. His modus operandi is to infiltrate such organisations by running moles, or walk-ins, with the goal of publishing information online about their activities to expose and fracture them.

The drama also stars Jason Flemyng, Dean Charles Chapman, Leanne Best, Andrew Ellis and Christopher Coghill.

The series is produced by Jo Johnson (Unsaid Stories, Ackley Bridge).

Filming for The Walk-In has taken place in London and surrounding areas. The drama will air on ITV on Monday 3 October for five consecutive weeks and will be available as a boxset drop on the ITV Hub following transmission of the first episode.

ITV Studios will be responsible for the international distribution of the series.

Pippa Considine

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