The BBC has commissioned new suspense thriller Nightsleeper from Euston Films, a Fremantle label.

The series is written by BAFTA and RTS award-winning writer Nick Leather (The Control Room, Mother’s Day) for BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

The BBC has announced Nightsleeper, a real-time thriller set on a sleeper train travelling from Glasgow to London, while a government agency desperately tries to intervene in the rapidly-escalating events onboard.

Can two people who’ve never met, one on the train and one not, work together to save the lives of its disparate group of passengers as the Heart of Britain service hurtles towards what might quite literally be its final destination?

Nick Leather says: “I couldn’t be more excited to work with Euston Films and the BBC to drive the engine of this real-time thriller and take our audience along for a ride full of personal intrigue, political manoeuvring and danger. By the time dawn breaks at the end of this journey, no-one involved will ever be the same again”.

Kate Harwood and Noemi Spanos say: “The classic on-screen genre of a runaway train is given a thrilling modern twist by screenwriter Nick Leather and we find ourselves with a small group of people in a race against time. We can’t wait to film this in Scotland next year.”

Gaynor Holmes, Commissioning Editor for BBC Drama, says: “Nick Leather’s ingenious scripts combine a fantastic premise with a nail-biting plot and characters you will root for. We can’t wait to bring Nightsleeper hurtling on to the BBC – viewers will definitely want to catch it.”

Nightsleeper is 6×60 series for BBC One and BBC iPlayer produced by Euston Films (Wreck, The Sister, Dublin Murders), a Fremantle label. Euston Films’ Managing Directors Kate Harwood and Noemi Spanos will executive produce with Nick Leather and Gaynor Holmes for the BBC. The series will be directed by Jamie Magnus Stone (Doctor Who, Ten Pound Poms) and produced by Jonathan Curling (The Sister, Baghdad Central). Fremantle is handling global distribution.

Filming will take place next year in Glasgow, Scotland.

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