Ragdoll comes to us from Sid Gentle Films the British production company behind Killing Eve.
Thalissa Teixeira (Too Close, Trigonometry) rounds out the lead cast of the crime drama series alongside Henry Lloyd-Hughes (The Irregulars, Killing Eve) and Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars).
Adapted from the Daniel Cole novel by Freddy Syborn, the six-part series is described as a modern-day Faustian thriller that centres on the murder of six people whose bodies have been dismembered and sewn into the shape of one grotesque body — “The Ragdoll.”
Assigned to the case are DS Nathan Rose (Lloyd-Hughes), recently reinstated to the London Met; his best friend and boss, DI Emily Baxter (Teixeira); and the unit’s new recruit, DC Lake Edmunds (Hale). The “Ragdoll Killer” taunts the police by sending them a list of his next victims, with Rose’s name at the very end. With the victims to protect, our heroes soon come under intense public scrutiny. A gruesomely imaginative serial killer thriller, Ragdoll also captures the fascinating but flawed friends struggling with the consequences of institutionalization and trauma.
“We’re thrilled to have Lucy, Thalissa and Henry on board as three ideal leads to bring Ragdoll to life,” said Dan McDermott, President of Original Programming for AMC Networks and Co-Head of AMC Studios. “We’re excited to begin filming with our partners at Sid Gentle Films and to watch these three talented actors play off each other through these darkly intriguing and intricately drawn characters.”
Toby MacDonald (Old Boys, The Duchess) and Niall MacCormick (The Victim, The Song of Lunch) will direct. Syborn is the lead writer and executive producer, the series is executive produced by Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris for Sid Gentle Films, one of BBC Studios-backed indie production companies. McDermott and Kristin Jones oversee for AMC and Philippa Collie Cousins, Commissioning Editor, Drama for UKTV will be executive producer for Alibi. Lizzie Rusbridger will produce. BBC Studios is distributing the series internationally.
“It is so exciting to be working with the wonderfully creative Henry again and a dream to have the incredibly talented Thalissa as one of our wonderful leads,” said Woodward Gentle.
Teixeira is known for television roles including Sky’s Two Weeks To Live, BBC’s Trigonometry and The Musketeers. She will soon star in ITV’s new psychological thriller Too Close, opposite Emily Watson and Denise Gough, and Channel 5’s Anne Boleyn opposite Jodie Turner-Smith.