ITV has given the green light for a third instalment of the riveting crime drama series “The Tower,” featuring a stellar cast including Gemma Whelan, Tahirah Sharif, Jimmy Akingbola, and Emmett J Scanlan. This new chapter, titled “The Tower 3: Gallowstree Lane,” has entered the filming stage and is set to captivate viewers on ITV1.

Drawing inspiration from Kate London’s third novel, the narrative has been expertly adapted by acclaimed screenwriter Patrick Harbinson, known for his exceptional work on shows like “Homeland,” “Fearless,” and “24.” The series is under the banner of Windhover Films, helmed by Harbinson himself, in collaboration with Mammoth Screen, a leading production company. The commission for this latest instalment came from Polly Hill, ITV’s Head of Drama.

The cast includes Gemma Whelan reprising her role as DS Sarah Collins, joined by the BAFTA-nominated Tahirah Sharif, acclaimed for her portrayal of PC Lizzie Adama in the first series. Additionally, Jimmy Akingbola takes on the role of DC Steve Bradshaw, while Emmett J Scanlan embodies DI Kieran Shaw, rounding out the talented ensemble.

Commented Patrick Harbinson; “We’re delighted to be filming a third series of The Tower. Damien and I are very grateful to Polly Hill and ITV for the early commission. Gallowstree Lane has a high-stakes drugs and gangs storyline with Jimmy and Emmett’s characters taking major roles. Sarah and Lizzie have gripping and heart-breaking stories too, as the drama of Portland Tower comes full circle. I firmly believe series three will be our best yet.’

Mammoth Screen and Windhover Films will produce the four-part drama in association with ITV Studios. Patrick Harbinson will executive produce the series alongside Mammoth Screen’s Damien Timmer and Charlotte Webber. Charles Bates produces and Rene van Pannevis (Looted) directs. Polly Hill will oversee the production of the drama for ITV.

The Tower is distributed internationally by ITV Studios, with series one having sold into over 90 territories. HBO Europe, Canal+, Britbox North America and Australia, Virgin Media Ireland and TVNZ are among the platforms and broadcasters to licence it. On ITV, the first series debuted with 5.4 million viewers.

Windhover Films was formed by writer and producer Patrick Harbinson in January 2021. Mammoth Screen is one of the UK’s leading drama production companies. It is part of ITV Studios.

The second series – The Tower 2: Death Message – premieres on ITV later this month with the four-part series streaming on ITVX. The first series is also available to view on ITVX.