Filming has commenced for the much-anticipated BBC One detective series ‘Ludwig,’ featuring the versatile David Mitchell in the lead role.
In this intriguing six-part genre-blending series, Mitchell portrays John ‘Ludwig’ Taylor, whose life takes a sudden twist when his identical twin, James, mysteriously disappears. Faced with the enigma of his brother’s vanishing act, John decides to step into James’s shoes, embarking on a mission to unravel the mystery surrounding his sibling’s whereabouts. Despite leading a secluded life with no marriage, family, or technological indulgences, John, a puzzle designer using the alias ‘Ludwig,’ finds himself thrust into a much more complex puzzle – assuming the role of his successful twin, who happens to be a distinguished DCI leading Cambridge’s bustling inner-city major crimes team.
The stakes are significantly raised for John, a cryptic virtuoso, as he grapples with the challenge of navigating the intricate world of crime-solving. The series promises a unique blend of crime, comedy, and drama, with each episode featuring a captivating ‘case-of-the-week.’
Joining Mitchell in this crime comedy-drama is Anna Maxwell Martin, known for her roles in ‘Motherland’ and ‘Line of Duty.’ She portrays Lucy Betts-Taylor, John’s sister-in-law and the wife of the missing James.
David Mitchell says: “I’m delighted to be working in a genre of television that I have loved ever since, at the age of 10, I started watching the Miss Marple adaptations, starring Joan Hickson, with my parents. Sometimes the only thing that can bring the whole family together is murder.”
The stellar cast also includes Dipo Ola, Gerran Howell, Izuka Hoyle, Dylan Hughes, and Dorothy Atkinson, promising a dynamic ensemble for this compelling production.
Produced by Big Talk Studios in association with That Mitchell And Webb Company for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, ‘Ludwig’ (6×60) was commissioned by Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC. Mark Brotherhood is the creator and writer of the series, with Kenton Allen, Saurabh Kakkar, David Mitchell, Kathryn O’Connor, and Chris Sussman serving as executive producers. Georgie Fallon is the producer, while Robert McKillop and Jill Robertson take on the directorial responsibilities. The series, distributed internationally by ITV Studios, is eagerly anticipated, and scheduling details will be revealed in due course.