Penned by ex-police officer Tony Schumacher, this is his first original series for television and he’s on familiar ground as he focuses on the emotional extremes of life on the front line of British policing.
The Responder follows urgent response officer Chris on a series of night shifts on his beat in Liverpool.
But Chris has more than just the job to worry about as his personal life has been hit by crisis and he is morally compromised in his work.
He’s forced to take on rookie partner Rachel, but despite his reluctance they both soon realise that survival in the high-pressure world of night-time crime will hinge on whether they can support or destroy each other.
Commissioned for BBC One with support from Liverpool Film Fund.
Up there with Sherlock and Fargo — that ricochet between wit and grit
If all cop dramas were this inspired we’d never watch anything else