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Line of Duty bosses announce major crime drama after signing Channel 4 deal

The brains behind Line of Duty have struck up a deal with Channel 4 after writing a brand new crime drama for the network.

World Productions have put together The Gathering, a three-part series which still has no air date but will focus on a group of teenagers from Merseyside with a mysterious and potentially criminal background.

Written and directed by the critically acclaimed Helen Walsh, the programme will be targeted at younger audiences who were gripped by Line of Duty.

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Channel 4 are implementing a new strategy to get younger viewers hooked on a variety of shows airing across the network.

Head of Drama for the network, Caroline Hollick said: "We are thrilled to be working with the brilliant Helen Walsh and World Productions on this exciting series; The Gathering which forms part of our strategy to commission drama which also appeals to younger viewers.

"Through this absorbing story, with Helen’s beautifully drawn, real and relatable characters, the series looks at how family, friendship and aspiration is influenced and shaped by the highs and lows of modern-day parenting.

"Exploring relevant and urgent themes around what it means to be a teenager, as well as a parent today, The Gathering is cleverly wrapped up in a compelling 'whodunnit' thriller, where the stakes are upped episode after episode."

The Gathering will focus on Kelly, the victim of a previous attack who risks her strict gymnast lifestyle by getting in with a crowd of reckless teenagers.

However, by getting involved with the group, Kelly risks her future with Team GB, with writer Helen saying: "Micro-managing of children's lives has become the new normal.

"The Gathering throws today's surveillance parenting into sharp focus and asks who is really to blame when our kids f**k up."

She went on to say: "I wanted to write a twisty, state-of-the-nation take on Philip Larkin's notorious 'they f**k you up' observation about parents and kids'.

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"I'm thrilled to be working with the excellent team at Channel 4 and World Productions and look forward to seeing the kinetic worlds of free-running and tumbling gymnastics brought to our screens."

While the transmission date is yet to be confirmed, Simon Heath, creative director for World Productions said: "We're thrilled to be back on Channel 4, working with Caroline, Gwawr Lloyd and their team to bring Helen's brilliant scripts to the screen next year.

"Through the unfolding whodunnit of a violent assault at a teenage party, Helen unpacks the secret lives of teenagers and their dysfunctional modern parents."

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