Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh is adapting his own novel Crime for a new TV series that stars Scottish actor Dougray Scott.

Crime is based on the best-selling 2008 novel by Irvine Welsh, and it’s the sequel to Filth which was previously adapted for film although it features a different police detective.

The adaptation of the best-selling detective story will star Scott in a dark tale about a missing-person police investigation.

Set in Edinburgh, Crime follows DI Ray Lennox (Scott), a detective from the Lothians, who is battling personal demons from drink and drug addiction and a child murder case he previously worked on.

Lennox attempts to get over a mental breakdown by taking a holiday to Florida with his fiancée.

However, when he’s put on to investigating the disappearance of a schoolgirl, Lennox must try to put his own problems aside in his search for the truth.

Welsh has adapted the screenplay himself and after several film adaptions, this will be the first time his work has been made into a TV series.

Scott is best known for his roles in Mission: Impossible 2, My Week with Marilyn, and Batwoman.

Scott said:

“Irvine Welsh is one of Scotland’s greatest ever writers and I am proud and excited to be working on his first adaptation for television. It’s an honour to be working with such a talented cast, and creative team.”

Starring alongside him will be Joanna Vanderham (Warrior, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) as DS Amanda Drummond, Angela Griffin (Harlots, White Lines) as Trudi Lowe, Ken Stott (The Dig, Fortitude) as Chief Superintendent Bob Toal and Jamie Sives (Guilt, Too Close) as Detective Inspector Dougie Gillman.

Filming for the six-part series in Edinburgh and Glasgow is well underway and is expected to wrap next month.


Crime will air later in 2021 and is scheduled for autumn or winter.

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