ITV serves up thriller from ‘Luther’ creator Neil Cross, Euston Films

UK broadcaster ITV has ordered contemporary thriller Because The Night from Luther creator Neil Cross. 

Produced by Kate Harwood’s Hard Sun prodco Euston Films, the four-part drama is inspired by the novel Burial, which is also from Cross.

The book, published in 2009, tells the story of two friends who become privy to the events that led to the murder of a young woman at a party. The drama will similarly follow a man trying to escape a terrible secret from his past.

Executive producers for the Fremantle-backed Euston Films, whose credits include Dublin Murders and Baghdad Central, include MD Harwood and EP Noemi Spanos. Niall MacCormick will direct.

Fremantle will distribute the drama globally.

Cross said: “I’m truly excited to be working with ITV to make Because The Night. It’s one of my favourite stories: a tale of psychological suspense, of guilt and ghosts and murder. Oh, and love. Always love. Our job is to make viewers want to sleep with the lights on. We’re looking forward to it.”

Hill added: “I’m delighted to be working with Neil Cross and Euston Films on Because The Night – a taught, gripping contemporary thriller, which is both chilling and compelling. Neil’s adaptation of his original novel promises to be unmissable TV drama and I’m thrilled he’s agreed to do this for ITV.”

Harwood and Spanos added: “Working with the brilliant Neil Cross on this bold and gripping four parter is a real thrill for us. Because The Night sent shivers down our spine when we read it and we can’t wait to bring Neil’s fresh, contemporary take on his original story to the ITV audience.”