Capital scene of another murder mystery

FILMING has begun in Edinburgh on a 75-minute drama for BBC One.

‘Purves & Pekkala’ is being described as a ‘murder mystery’ and has been written by Annie Griffin, the locally-based author of two successful screenplays, The Book Group (for Channel 4) and Festival, a feature film.

This is Griffin’s first drama for BBC One and she is also directing it.

Says the BBC: “The drama centres on the lives of two ambitious architects who, fed up doing kitchen renovations, set their sights on grand property plans after a local developer asks them to renovate the most prestigious Georgian building in the city. But their plans are thwarted by interfering organisations and that simply won’t do.

“But when their nemesis falls from a landmark building – the question is, did he fall or was he pushed? In Purves & Pekkala the desire to become the hottest architects in town takes a mysterious twist.”:

Says Anne Mensah, head of drama for BBC Scotland and executive producer on Purves & Pekkala: “As with all of Annie’s work, Purves & Pekkala is very authored and distinctive drama. Through it, Annie introduces us to some of the most original and entertaining characters you could ever hope to meet on TV and it is all going to look absolutely beautiful. It is inspiring to be working with Annie on her first drama for BBC One.”

The filming is taking place over a four-week period. Griffin’s production company is Pirate Productions.

Adds the BBC: “The drama continues in the footsteps of distinctive productions recently made through BBC Scotland, including surreal crime drama, Reichenbach Falls (BBC Four); and kung-fu action tale, Phoo Action (BBC Three); as well as forthcoming productions, PAs (2AM TV, BBC Three), Fiona’s Story (BBC One), God On Trial (Hat Trick Production, BBC Two), Wallander (Left Bank Pictures, BBC One) and Hope Springs (Shed Productions, BBC One).”