What a random, tragic act of violence on the streets of modern-day London turns out to be something much darker and less “random” than it first appears, British detective Kip Glaspie must discover the darker truths driving the cover-up. That’s the premise behind Netflix and BBC2‘s Collateral, the upcoming limited series starring Carey Mulligan (Mudbound, Wildlife), John Simm (Doctor Who), Nicola Walker (MI-5) and Sam Otto (Snowpiercer). Created and written by Oscar-nominated writer David Hare (The Hours, The Reader), the series is directed by Jessica Jones and The Defenders filmmaker S.J. Clarkson and will touch upon issues like racism, inequality in the justice system and class warfare.
Here’s a look at the BBC Two trailer for Collateral; as well as an official overview of the series:
In Collateral, a young man is shot dead delivering a pizza in South London. The detective in charge, DI Kip Glaspie (Carey Mulligan), quickly discovers that the pizza manager inexplicably sent Syrian refugee Abdullah Asif (Sam Otto) instead of the regular delivery driver.
The killing seems professional but the only witness, a young woman strung out on drugs on the street corner, gives the police a false name and address. Kip tracks down Abdullah’s home, a set of garages, to find his sisters. They are scared and Kip’s convinced they’re hiding something.
Set over the course of four days, the spiraling repercussions surrounding Abdullah’s murder are explored. Politician David Mars (John Simm) becomes instantly embroiled in the drama through his turbulent relationship with his ex-wife Karen who took delivery of the pizza. While Jane Oliver (Nicola Walker), a compassionate vicar, struggles to conceal her affair with the sole witness to the crime.
Refusing to accept this is a random act of senseless violence, Kip is determined to discover if there is a darker truth, as the death of one individual, who has lived out of the sight of respectable society, begins to resonate through the institutions that shape our lives.
Netflix premieres all four episodes of the upcoming limited series Collateral on March 9. The streaming service will distribute the series domestically; while BBC2 will broadcast the series in the U.K.