A young londoner is FORCED TO GO UNDERCOVER to fight terrorism in this topical new thriller…
New drama Informer
Tuesday, BBC1 Hd, 9pm
A CAREFREE YOUNG man becomes an informant for a counterterrorism officer in BBC1’S new thriller, Informer.
Newcomer Nabhaan Rizwan plays Raza Shar, the informer of the title, a second-generation Pakistani who lives in London with his parents and younger brother. Raza has a good relationship with his family, has a job and is happy with his life until he’s arrested on a minor drugs charge.
Meanwhile, Gabe Waters, played by Paddy Considine, is part of a counter-terrorism unit looking into the movements of a terrorist mastermind called El Adoua, who’s just been killed in a drone attack.
The authorities know that, prior to his death, El Adoua was in east London but they don’t know whether he recruited any bombers while he was there. Needing someone in the community to find out more and prevent a possible terrorist attack, Gabe uses Raza’s crime as leverage to get him to join his roster of confidential informers.
‘Raza is coerced into becoming an informant,’ explains Rizwan. ‘Gabe has got something on him. It’s not that big, but it all just snowballs.
‘And he’s chosen because he’s a bit of a man about town. He exists in many different circles in an area of east London where lots of people of all different classes and different races exist. He can easily move around all those circles and that makes him a desirable informant.’
But moving in parts of society that are suspected of terrorist activity is a dangerous business. Leading a double life affects Raza’s relationship with his family, friends and neighbours, and, as the investigation begins to heat up, the stakes gets higher and higher for both Raza and Gabe.
‘There are certain rules about how officers should operate with informers,’ says Considine.
‘You can’t be friends with them because you have to be able to drop them at any given moment. But sometimes that relationship can teeter into the personal and that’s what starts to happen with Gabe and Raza. He feels guilty for drawing the poor kid into this world, which is like a dark web that you can’t get out of.’
SECRETS AND LIES
Complicating matters in this six-part drama is the fact that Gabe, who’s married to Emily (Jessica Raine) and has a young daughter, also has a secret life of his own, which he has so far managed to keep hidden. However, his new police partner, ambitious and talented cop Holly Morten (Bel Powley), has an insatiable curiosity, which threatens to bring his whole world crashing down.
‘Gabe has worked undercover for many years and that has left a scar on his psyche,’ concludes Considine. ‘He is able to go to an extreme place. But he does have his limits within that world.’
‘This world is like a dark web that you
can’t get out of’
JESSICA RAINE AS GABE’S WIFE, EMILY
PADDY CONSIDINE AS GABE WATERS AND NABHAAN RIZWANAS RAZA SHAR
COULD NEW POLICE PARTNER HOLLY (BEL POWLEY) UNCOVER GABE’S SECRET LIFE?