Viewpoint: Noel Clarke stars in ITV teaser

When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Viewpoint premieres tonight (Monday, April 23) at 9pm on ITV and will air over the next five nights on ITV. The series focuses on a missing person face but more specifically on the surveillance unit working behind the scenes. Is Viewpoint based on a true story? Express.co.uk spoke to creator Harry Bradbeer about the inspiration behind Viewpoint.

Is Viewpoint based on a true story?

Viewpoint on ITV has not based on any exact true events but is loosely inspired by a true story.

The series comes from Fleabag and Emmy award-winning director Harry Bradbeer, whose neighbour had an encounter with a police surveillance officer.

Bradbeer’s neighbour had a plainclothes police officer ask if they could use her spare room for surveillance of the neighbourhood.

Her neighbour soon worked out the police were looking into drug dealing in the area and the house opposite was the focus of their investigation.

Speaking to Express.co.uk and other press, Viewpoint writer Ed Whitmore said: “The idea came from director Harry Bradbeer who is our executive producer and he had known somebody who has been approached by the police to use their flat for surveillance purposes to watch people who were suspected of drug dealing in Islington I believe.

“He just thought it was an inherently interesting relationship.

“You’ve got somebody who is at work but is in a domestic residence with a stranger so you’ve got this immediately interesting context, a sort of juxtaposition of the personal and the professional.

“You can tell a crime story through that lens and you can have two planes of action. You have the place you are being observed from and then you have the suspect’s location you are watching.”

He added: “I think the characters were where we started. We all began to think about what are the things that bother you when you are in close proximity with people and someone else, especially a stranger.

“It’s a bit like sharing a room at university or sharing a flat or whatever. That kind of simple things, is somebody tidy or not? Does somebody leave the milk out? Those sorts of small things sound quite trivial but are actually terribly informing and terribly important when you do share intimate spaces with somebody.

“So Martin (played by Noel Clarke) grew out of that idea a little bit, the idea that he and Zoe (Alexandra Roach) are different in that Zoe would be sort of chaotic and Martin would be very sort of a precise person and it was just really exciting to talk about characters in a crime drama in that sort of domestic and real way.”

He continued: “One of the first things we discovered was surveillance units are quite independent and they are employed by other entities, usually, CID who want to watch person X and they say to the surveillance unit ‘Go and watch them and tell us everything they do, where they go and who they see’ but the surveillance unit themselves won’t necessarily know a huge amount why they are watching person X or the bigger context of the case and straight away we thought that was really interesting.

DON’T MISS…
Kate Middleton causes chaos on Downton Abbey set ‘Not in my kitchen’ [DETAILS]
Midsomer Murders diversity U-turn after ‘all-white’ show scandal [INSIGHT]
The Bill to ‘return to screens under new name’ with original cast  [CAST]

“So you’ve got these people who don’t really look like cops, don’t really dress like cops, live in a sort of a bat cave and who are to an extent tools themselves, just like how their camera is a tool for them.

“The surveillance unit is a tool in the hands of the CID but of course they are not just tools, they form their own opinions and that tension is something we immediately latched on to.”

Speaking to ITV, creator Harry Bradbeer recalled: “He was there for a couple of weeks, peering through a chink in the curtains, but never revealing who he was looking at.

“She became intrigued and gradually worked out it was a case of drug dealing in the opposite house but it was odd having this man there.

“Her husband was away on business – it was both rather tense and erotic having this strange man in her flat.

“It struck me as a great premise for a TV series. What if the police are investigating a murder and what if a relationship developed between the policeman and his host?”

Viewpoint follows the case of police officer DC Martin Young, who sets up an observation post in the Manceschster home of a single mother, Zoe Sterling

Zoe’s living room windows grant police a direct view into the missing primary school teacher, Gemma Hillman (Amy Wren).

Gemma’s boyfriend, Greg Sullivan (Fehinti Balogun), is the main suspect in the case.

Fans will be able to watch the drama unfold every night this week on ITV.

Viewpoint premieres tonight at 9pm on ITV

Source: Read Full Article