First trailer for Britbox thriller The Beast Must Die sees grieving mum seek revenge on hit-and-run killer

BRITBOX has released the first trailer for its gripping thriller The Beast Must Die starring Cush Jumbo.

The tense drama follows a grieving mother as she seeks revenge on a hit-and-run killer.

The short, one-minute trailer gives viewers just a taste of what to expect from a cast which includes Billy Howle (The Serpent), Jared Harris (Chernobyl) and Geraldine James (Back to Life).

It opens up with scenes of creepy swimming pools, fast cars, fiery stand-offs and police chases.

Gripping viewing is promised by the makers as grieving mother (Jumbo) infiltrates the life of the man she believes killed her son – intent on ending his life.

Also investigating is the troubled yet brilliant Detective Strangeways (Howle) who is tasked with unpicking through a web of tragedy to steer a course to justice.

Produced by New Regency Television and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free, Dome Karukoski (Tolkien, Tom of Finland) directs.

The trailer also marks another first for the streaming service which already offers a host of box sets from across the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, as it starts to support fresh UK produced content.

Also starring in BritBox's first scripted original drama is Nathaniel Parker (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries), Maeve Dermody (Carnival Row), Mia Tomlinson (The Lost Pirate Kingdom) and newcomer Barney Sayburn.

The first two episodes of the five-part revenge thriller will stream from May 27, with a further three episodes launching weekly on Thursdays.

Other original productions due to come from the streaming service include Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh's very first TV adaptation, Crime.

Based on his novel of the same name, the action is set in Edinburgh and follows Dougray Scott as Detective Inspector Ray Lennox, who is investigating the disappearance of a schoolgirl while battling his own personal demons.

"Delighted that BritBox have picked this up," said Welsh.

Kevin Lygo, ITV’s Director of Television who leads BritBox UK Originals commented last year: "BritBox stands for the best of British and with this high calibre slate of Original Drama commissions, we are bringing the very best of UK creative talent to a UK streamer for the first time."

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