Doctor Who star Sacha Dhawan lands next TV role

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Doctor Who and Wolf star Sacha Dhawan has landed his next TV role in Virdee, an upcoming BBC detective series based on AA Dhand's best-selling crime novels.

Dhawan will star in the six-part drama as Harry Virdee, a Bradford-based senior detective who is shunned by his Sikh family after he marries Saima, who is Muslim.

While navigating the chaos of his personal life, which includes multiple attempts to reconcile with his estranged family, Harry is tasked with tracking down a killer who is targeting the Asian community.

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The official synopsis for Virdee continues: "When the murderer kidnaps a local MP's daughter in Bradford and holds the entire city to ransom, Harry realises that he is going to need the help of his brother-in-law Riaz, a drugs kingpin who runs the largest cartel in the county.

"Pulled together in an alliance that could ruin them both, Harry must make a choice: save himself and his family or save his city. He will not be able to do both."

Further cast members will be announced in due course, with filming due to take place on location in Bradford.

"Like me, DCI Harry Virdee is a proud Brit who dreams big and whilst he is passionate about his heritage, it is not something which solely defines him," Dhand, who is adapting his novels for the screen, said in a statement.

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"He refuses to be shackled by the past and believes in merging worlds, cultures and identities; no matter the cost. Hey, aim big or go home – this is Yorkshire."

Lindsay Salt, director of BBC Drama, added: "I'm passionate about supporting writers at every stage in their careers and we are thrilled to be working with Amit on his very first drama for television along with the team at Magical Society.

"Virdee is a powerful and gripping detective story but at its heart are two people in love and their struggle to be accepted as a couple.

"With Sacha in the lead role of Harry and Bradford providing the perfect backdrop, I can't wait for viewers to be captivated by this series."

Virdee is one of a number of new BBC shows that was announced at the Edinburgh TV Festival, including new dramas from Happy Valley's Sally Wainwright and Mood's Nicôle Lecky.

Jenna Coleman will star in a new detective drama titled The Jetty, and a second series of comedy thriller Black Ops, starring Famalam's Gbemisola Ikumelo and The Wheel of Time's Hammed Animashaun, has been confirmed.

It was also announced at Edinburgh that Silent Witness and Good Omens star Liz Carr will also write and present a documentary on assisted dying for the channel.

Virdee will start filming later in 2023.

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