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Genevieve Barr pens mystery thriller for Channel 4


Channel 4 has commissioned a new 8-part mystery thriller from Harrogate-based writer and actor, Genevieve Barr (The Silence, The Accident).

I.D. (working title) will centre on a young deaf women, Emily, who witnesses a neighbour taking pictures of her.

The 8×30 minute series is described as being a “love letter to being deaf” as Emily heads for a “hair-raising collision course with her past.”

Barr, who was born deaf, is making the series with Eleven (Red Rose, Sex Education).

“I.D. is a journey into who we are and how people view us,” said Barr.

“Eleven gave it a home when I was starting out and I’m delighted we’ve found it a broadcaster with Channel 4 who are pathfinders in fearless and inclusive storytelling. It is a privilege to be living and breathing this deaf-led series with this team.”

Caroline Hollick, Head of Drama, Channel 4, added;

“I.D. is both a universal story of self-discovery, and the tale of a young woman’s relationship with her deafness, wrapped up in a delightfully moreish mystery. It will be such a privilege to have Genevieve’s unique and compelling vision on our channel.”

I.D. is Executive Produced by Carissa Hope Lynch, Joel Wilson and award-winning writer Jack Thorne (Help, The Accident). 

“It’s such a joy to work on a story, which is so propulsive, timely and soulful. Equal parts mystery thriller and intimate character-led drama, we couldn’t be more excited to be collaborating with Genevieve to bring her first original series to life. What better home for this thoroughly distinct proposition than Channel 4 Drama?” said Carissa Hope Lynch, Creative Director and Executive Producer, Eleven.

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