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New BBC cop drama films in L8

'Dream role' for Warren Brown who heads up cast in Savage

Published on December 5th 2011.


New BBC cop drama films in L8

A DRAMATIC motor cycle chase shattered the weekend tranquillity around Liverpool’s Hope Street quarter. 

The Georgian streets became the backdrop for the latest high-drama series from the BBC, Savage, due to be aired in 2012. 

It’s a police drama with a twist, but it’s a million bail notices from the likes of Z Cars and Heartbeat. 

The starring role goes to Warrington born Warren Brown (main picture). 

Brown is playing a young Liverpool response cop. When his best friend is murdered the impact of the brutal death throws his whole life and career into turmoil. He finds himself increasingly wanting revenge and a different kind of justice. 

'Thrilled'

Brown says: "As soon as I read the script I knew I wanted to be part of this project. Savage is fantastically written and to be given the opportunity to play such a complex character is something every actor dreams of." 

BBC's controller of drama commissioning, Ben Stephenson, adds: "I'm thrilled we have cast Warren in his first lead role on prime time BBC One, following his success in hit series Luther.

“Warren will bring real energy to Stephen Butchard's highly charged Savage, playing a young beat cop who will take the audience on a thrilling joyride through urban Liverpool." 

He’ll star alongside This Is England actor, Stephen Graham as well as Michael Angelis; Aisling Loftus; Mark Womack; Kerrie Hayes and Christine Tremarco.

Stephen GrahamStephen GrahamBrown, 33, is a former professional Thaiboxer, becoming a world champion in the sport. He is well known for his roles as evil Andy Holt in teen soap opera Hollyoaks and Lee Hibbs in the three-part BBC drama series Occupation written by Peter Bowker. 

Brown was nominated for a number of awards for his performance in Hollyoaks, including Best Villain, Most Spectacular Scene and Best Exit at the 2006 British Soap Awards. His character met his demise in February 2006 with a painful and gruesome death. 

A BBC Drama North production unit has taken over premises at Margaret Beaven school, West Derby, as their base for the production. 

It is the latest coup for Liverpool's council-run film office which reckons its growing Hollywood-on-Mersey reputation is a money spinner for the local economy.

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