In what appears to be a further step in expanding its creation of original content, Netflix is to partner with UK’s ITV to co-produce a new eight-part thriller titled Paranoid. The show will be broadcast on UK television before arriving on the streaming platform later in 2016. The television event is being written by Bill Gallagher (Lark Rise To Candleford), and features a seemingly small but tragic incident that leads to international drama.
Paranoid will begin with a young woman doctor being brutally stabbed to death by a masked man while she plays with her three year old son in a busy community play park. The attack occurs in full view of multiple witnesses, and a group of detectives are tasked with investigating the incident, in order to figure out what happened and why. The information from one witness points to a much greater threat than anyone was expecting, however, and the team are soon on the trail of something very disturbing, that has global implications.
The show is set to star a number of performers that will be familiar to UK television audiences – including Idira Varma, Robert Glenister, Neil Stuke, Lesley Sharp and Kevin Doyle – but its topical subject matter (an act of seemingly random violence being its premise) and the involvement of Netflix will undoubtedly ensure worldwide attention for Paranoid.