ITV commissions six-part murder drama based on Val McDermid novel

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ITV has commissioned a six-part murder drama based on Val McDermid’s The Distant Echo.

Adapted by Emer Kenny, Karen Pirie (w/t) will be produced by the same company behind Line of Duty and Bodyguard, World Productions.

The Distant Echo is the first in McDermid's series of best-selling novels about a young Scottish female detective and is set in St Andrews.

It's been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama, Polly Hill. Drama Commissioner Huw Kennair Jones will oversee production from the channel’s perspective.

Jones said: "Emer has brilliantly realised Val McDermid's iconic detective, Karen Pirie, and the rich crime stories Police Scotland's Historic Cases Unit investigate. We're thrilled to be working with Simon Heath and World Productions to bring such an exciting new series to the ITV audience.”

Karen Pirie will be executive produced by Simon Heath, World Production’s CEO.

McDermid's novels have sold over 16 million copies worldwide. Filming will take place in Scotland and details of casting will be advised in the coming months.

Pictured: Val McDermid