Traces, written by Amelia Bullmore (Scott & Bailey, This Life) and produced by RED Production Company (Safe, Butterfly, Happy Valley), for UKTV and BBC Studios Distribution, welcomes a star-studded cast. Alibi confirms an award-winning cast for its first UKTV Original, including Molly Windsor (Three Girls, Cheat), Laura Fraser (The Missing, Breaking Bad) and Jennifer Spence (You Me Her, Travelers) with Line of Duty star Martin Compston.
Joining the all-female production team and directing the six-part series are Rebecca Gatward (Cold Feet, Grantchester) and Mary Nighy (Silent Witness). Also starring in the series are Laurie Brett (EastEnders), Vincent Regan (Delicious, The White Princess), Michael Nardone (Shetland, Silent Witness) and John Gordan Sinclair (Marple, Ill Behaviour).
Traces is a suspense-filled crime thriller based on an original idea by best-selling crime writer Val McDermid (Wire In The Blood, A Place Of Execution) and set in the world of forensic science in Dundee, Scotland. The series explores the world of SIFA, the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science and Anatomy and introduces us to three compelling and very different female characters – Emma Hedges (Molly Windsor), Prof. Sarah Gordon (Laura Fraser) and Prof. Kathy Torrance (Jennifer Spence) – who together will use the rigors of forensics to uncover the truth about an unsolved murder case.
When 23-year-old Emma (Windsor) returns to Scotland to take up a new position as a lab assistant at SIFA, she signs up to a MOOC – Massive Open Online Course – which teaches the principles of forensic science. But she soon discovers that the fictitious case study has a strikingly similar and shocking link to her past. As Emma’s sleuthing takes her into darker corners and unpicks more and more secrets, it becomes clear that she should trust no-one. It will be Sarah (Fraser) and Kathy’s (Spence) exacting minds that reward Emma’s faith in the science that has fuelled her imagination and who will ultimately bring a killer to justice.
Running alongside Emma’s central story, other cases and different forensic disciplines will shine a spotlight on science’s contribution to solving the mysteries of human existence.
Traces will be executive produced by RED Production Company’s Nicola Shindler (Safe, Butterfly, Happy Valley, Queer As Folk) and Michaela Fereday (Safe, Scott & Bailey), writer Amelia Bullmore, Philippa Collie-Cousins for UKTV, Martin Rakusen for BBC Studios and Val McDermid who is also co-creator alongside Amelia Bullmore. The series is produced by Juliet Charlesworth (Happy Valley, Scott & Bailey) and will air on Alibi later this year. BBC Studios is handling distribution internationally.