Brixton features in new ITV drama Life of Crime

Life of Crime ITVBrixton is to feature in a new ITV drama, called Life of Crime, which begins tonight.

The series, which begins by depicting Brixton in 1985, features actress Hayley Atwell fighting sexism in the police force as policewoman Denise Woods.

The Brixton Blog saw some of the filming of the series take place last year in arches off Valentia Place, with plenty of 1980s cop cars and iconography on view.

As the ITV blurb says: “In her twenties Denise starts her career as an idealistic WPC, fighting sexism and ignoring her mother’s disappointment at her career choice. She’s seconded to work with handsome young plain clothes Detective Sergeant Ray Deans (Richard Coyle). One September morning she accompanies him to a crime scene in a narrow lane behind a Brixton nightclub where the battered and strangled body of teenager Amy has been discovered.

“Having had a previous encounter with the teenager, Denise is determined to bring Amy’s killer to justice. She works against the clear instruction and advice of her senior officers and follows her own lines of enquiry. As the investigation progresses Denise’s fervour for the case leads her to fall foul of her senior officer, DCI Ferguson (Con O’Neill). But Denise stays single-minded in her pursuit of the killer and at that point makes her fateful decision.

“Set against the backdrop of iconic moments in British history, the drama unfolds over three decades. We meet her first against the backdrop of the Brixton riots in 1985, and then in 1997 as she rises through the ranks and again in 2013 when she is a senior officer with everything to lose.”
Life of Crime begins tonight at 9pm, on ITV1.