The crime thriller is written by Patrick Harbinson and produced by Windhover Films and Mammoth Screen.
The series is based on Post Mortem, the first in writer Kate London’s Metropolitan series of novels. London is a former Met Police Officer who finished her career working as part of a Major Investigation Team on the Homicide and Serious Crime Command.
The three-part series sees a veteran beat cop and a teenage girl fall to their deaths from a tower block in South East London. Left alive on the roof are a five-year-old boy and rookie police officer, Lizzie Adama. Within hours, Lizzie has disappeared, and Detective Sergeant Sarah Collins (Gemma Whelan – The Crown) is charged with leading the investigation. She not only has to track down Lizzie before she comes to serious harm but also to uncover the truth behind the grisly deaths. What chain of events took two police officers and two children to the roof of that tower block – why did two of them die? Why did two of them survive?
Tahirah Sharif (The Haunting of Bly Manor) is Lizzie Adama and Jimmy Akingbola (In the Long Run) is DC Steve Bradshaw. Also joining the cast are Emmett J. Scanlan who takes the role of uniformed police inspector Kieran Shaw, Nick Holder as PC Hadley Matthews and Lola Elsokari as Farah.
The antagonistic relationship between the experienced Sergeant Sarah Collins and the novice cop Lizzie is at the heart of London’s novels and The Tower. What happened on the roof of the tower is the mystery that Sarah must uncover. When it’s finally revealed, the truth will cast its shadow over Sarah and Lizzie’s relationship and their lives.
Harbinson (Fearless, 24, ER) executive produces the drama alongside Mammoth Screen’s founder and CEO Damien Timmer (The Serpent, Endeavour) and Karen Thrussell (Poldark, And Then There Were None). Paul Testar (The Serpent) is producer, Sherie Myers (I May Destroy You) is co-producer, and Jim Loach (Save Me Too) is director.
Sharif trained at the Identity School of Acting. She recently starred as Rebecca Jessel in the gothic romance limited series, The Haunting of Bly Manor and in The First Team and Waterloo Road. Her film roles include the Christmas Prince, The Invisible Woman, and See Me, whilst her theatre credits the National Theatre’s production of Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, Arabian Nights, and Firebird. Tahirah Sharif is represented by the Identity Agency Group.
Akingbola is best known for his leading role in Kate and Koji for ITV and BritBox. His credits also include three series of the comedy In The Long Run in which he plays Valentine alongside Idris Elba, Emmy nominated Most Dangerous Game, Ted Lasso, Rev, Arrow, and ITV drama, Cheat. Jimmy Akingbola is represented by Hamilton Hodell, A3 Artists Agency, and Personal PR.