Actor Parminder Nagra, finest recognized for Gurinder Chadha’s movie Bend It Like Beckham and medical drama present ER, is ready to star in a brand new crime drama sequence from ITV titled DI Ray. Nagra will play the lead character of Rachita Ray, a police officer who takes on a case that forces her to confront a lifelong private battle between her British id and her South Asian heritage, reported Deadline.
The Birmingham-set, four-part sequence comes from Maya Sondhi and Jed Mercurio, the pair behind Line of Obligation.
DI Ray will monitor a homicide investigation while exploring the emotive topic of racism within the office. It asks tough questions on what it’s wish to be British however really feel just like the ‘different’, whereas taking viewers by way of the murky underworld of Birmingham.
Nagra, whose TV credit additionally embrace The Blacklist and Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D., stated she is trying ahead to getting again to the UK after such a difficult time globally to be a part of this thrilling new venture.
“Written by Maya Sondhi and exec produced by the pressure that’s Jed Mercurio, we’re being helmed by a tremendous group to deliver one thing particular to our story telling panorama,” the actor added.
DI Ray is penned by Sondhi, who stars on hit BBC police drama sequence Line of Obligation and has written episodes of reveals like Eastenders and Ackley Bridge.
As a British Asian girl from Birmingham, this upcoming venture is deeply private for her, stated Sondhi.
“It’s solely prior to now 10 years or so I’ve actually been capable of actually embrace my heritage. A lot of this present is my story and in telling it truthfully, I hope others from all completely different backgrounds will relate,” the author stated.
Mercurio, creator of Line of Obligation and Bodyguard, will government produce the present through his HTM Tv alongside Black Mirror’s Madonna Baptiste.
Alex Pillai, who has directed episodes of Bridgerton and Riverdale, will direct the sequence and Charlotte Surtees of Code 404 will produce.
“Everybody at HTM Tv is thrilled to be collaborating with author Maya Sondhi, director Alex Pillai and star Parminder Nagra on such a thought-provoking sequence. DI Ray is before everything a thriller, whereas Maya’s writing poses advanced and well timed questions in regards to the nature of private ethnic id,” stated Mercurio.
Polly Hill of ITV described DI Ray as a “contemporary detective” sequence with a thriller aspect that can hold the viewers captivated until the tip.
The present shall be filmed within the UK’s Midlands later this 12 months.