The new ITV medical thriller has an impressive team at the helm.
Irish star Niamh Algar has been lined up to take the lead in the new ITV thriller series 'Malpractice'.
Per Deadline, the Westmeath star will play the role of Dr Lucinda Edwards who is "a smart, battle-hardened doctor" whose "nightmare shift" ends in the tragic death of a patient. Following the passing of the victim, who had an opioid addiction, the grieving father of the woman, played by Brian Bovell ('Foundation', 'The Witches'), demands an enquiry into the doctor's actions that night to see if his daughter's death could have been avoided. Lucinda has the support of her medical supervisor, Dr Leo Harris, played by James Purefoy ('A Discovery of Witches').
Filming on the series has already started in Leeds and comes from 'Line of Duty' producer World Productions and is directed by 'Boiling Point' helmer Phillip Barantini. Grace Ofori-Attah, a former doctor, wrote the script.
ITV head of Drama, Polly Hill, said of the series: "Grace’s scripts are a brilliant mix of compelling medical thriller and an authentic medical world that comes from her time as a doctor. They are also so accomplished that it’s hard to believe this is her first commissioned show. It’s wonderful to see how many new voices are making their first drama on ITV."
Niamh Algar has been rising the ranks in the land of TV and film over the last number of years, appearing in 'The Bisexual', 'Calm With Horses', 'Censor' and 'Deceit'.
One of her biggest projects, however, HBO Max's 'Raised by Wolves', was recently cancelled after two seasons on the streaming service (available in Ireland and the UK via Sky and NOW). From executive producer Ridley Scott, the acclaimed series - which secured Algar an IFTA nomination - was one of the streaming services' most popular series. But not popular enough, apparently.
Algar, who played Sue in the sprawling sci-fi, joined some of her other cast members in attempting to get the show renewed on a different network or streaming service.
Catch Niamh Algar in 'Malpractice' in the near future.