The Driver (TV series)

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The Driver
GenreCrime drama
Created by
Written byDanny Brocklehurst
Directed byJamie Payne
StarringDavid Morrissey
Claudie Blakley
Sacha Parkinson
Ian Hart
Darren Morfitt
Lee Ross
Chris Coghill
Lewis Rainer
Harish Patel
Colm Meaney
Theme music composerLorne Balfe
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes3 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Jolyon Symonds
Production location(s)Manchester, Greater Manchester, England
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release23 September (2014-09-23) –
7 October 2014 (2014-10-07)

The Driver is a British crime drama television serial, set in Manchester, which aired on BBC One between September 23 and October 7, 2014. Written by Danny Brocklehurst, the three-part drama series stars David Morrissey and was directed by Jamie Payne.[1] The serial was announced by BBC One on 10 January 2014 after it was commissioned by heads of drama Charlotte Moore and Ben Stephenson.[2] Filming began in January 2014.[3] The series was co-produced by Highfield Pictures and Red Production Company.

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Main characters[edit]

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Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers
(millions)[4]
1"Episode 1"Jamie PayneDanny Brocklehurst23 September 2014 (2014-09-23)5.37
Depressed cab driver Vince McKee, bored with his job with its ghastly fares, out of love with wife Ros, and disrespected by his school-girl daughter, meets Colin, an old friend just released from a prison sentence for armed robbery. Ros detests him, but Vince takes up his invitation to play poker at the house of a man known as the Horse. The Horse offers Vince a cryptic and clearly illegal driving job, though it does come with a smart new car. Whilst kept in the dark about the nature of his first job for the Horse, it pays very well.
2"Episode 2"Jamie PayneDanny Brocklehurst30 September 2014 (2014-09-30)4.77
Vince is horrified to see Colin throw his victim into a pit though Colin tells him he should be happy to be earning extra money. Next morning early Vince rescues the man and drops him off at casualty, claiming he found him in the road before driving off. Ros discovers blood on her husband's shirt and becomes suspicious but he flees her questions by making an unannounced visit to their son Tim, who has joined a sect but refuses to see him. On his return he is visited by police, who tell him that the man he saved, Joseph Paslowski, is a dangerous gangster.
3"Episode 3"Jamie PayneDanny Brocklehurst7 October 2014 (2014-10-07)4.50
With Paslowski now out of his coma the police visit Vince. After visiting the badly injured Colin and asking to leave the gang he tries to bribe a colleague, Kev to give him an alibi but Kev tells the police and he is arrested. He confesses everything and is offered a deal - to carry on working with the gang and inform the police of their next planned job, the robbery of a Chinese supermarket. The family will be put under witness protection and given new identities, which angers Ros and daughter Katie.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lazarus, Susanna (10 January 2014). "David Morrissey to star in new BBC1 drama The Driver". Radio Times. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  2. ^ "BBC One announces brand new three-part drama starring David Morrissey". BBC. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  3. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (10 January 2014). "The Walking Dead's David Morrissey to star in BBC One drama The Driver". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes". BARB. Retrieved 26 February 2015.

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