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REAL RUSH: Liverpool’s Gritty ‘The Responder’ Brings Gangs to BBC1

BBC One drama The Responder is one of the grittiest dramas to hit British Television since Happy Valley – it tells the tale of a corrupt bobby caught up in a Liverpool drug war.

The series pulled in 4.2m on its opening night on BBC1 – and has already is tipped for a second series.

Written by former copper Tony Schumacher – with scripts praised as being “so unique and honest”.

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The Responder is also one of the first working-class dramas to be set in Liverpool since Brookside – that was axed by Channel 4 in 2003.

It’s working-class gritty theme shows why dramas need to be set away from London.

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Martin Freeman who plays the lead role said: “I knew very quickly that I wanted to be a part of The Responder and take on the role of Chris.”

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Chris is a crisis-stricken, morally compromised, unconventional urgent response officer tackling a series of night shifts on the beat in Liverpool.

The BBC said: “Whilst trying to keep his head above water both personally and professionally, Chris is forced to take on a new rookie partner Rachel (Adelayo Adedayo).”

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“Both soon discover that survival in this high pressure, relentless, night-time world will depend on them either helping or destroying each other.”

The Responder holds a mirror up to the emotional extremes of life on the front line of British policing – sometimes darkly funny, sometimes painfully tragic, always challenging.

Tony Schumacher said: “My fantasy casting when I was writing the character of Chris in the Responder was Martin Freeman.”

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“Seeing that fantasy become reality is beyond exciting. Martin is one of the great British actors. He brings such a well of talent and humanity that breathes magic into the words I’ve been lucky enough to give him. I can’t wait for audiences to get to see his performance in this role, it’s one I feel very lucky to have had a front row seat for.”

All Episodes of The Responder are available to stream on the BBC iPlayer.

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