HID­DEN TER­ROR

A young lon­doner is FORCED TO GO UN­DER­COVER to fight ter­ror­ism in this top­i­cal new thriller…

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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.’

RISKY BUSI­NESS

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’

PADDY CON­SI­DINE

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?

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