Killing Eve star Adrian Scarborough has been cast in his latest role as a detective living on a battered houseboat in affluent west London.

The actor, who also appeared in hit series Gavin And Stacey and A Very English Scandal, will play DI Max Arnold in four-part series The Chelsea Detective.

Written by Glen Laker (Vera), Liz Lake (Call The Midwife) and Peter Fincham, production on the feature-length episodes will begin in April.

DI Arnold, the son of a local bookshop owner, lives on a houseboat at the end of Cheyne Walk in Chelsea, but is a far cry from the elite whose crimes he helps solve.

Recently separated from his art dealer wife Astrid, played by Anamaria Marinca, DI Arnold still hopes to move back into their apartment in nearby Cadogan Square.

Episodes will see him and Streatham-born DC Priya Shamsie, played by Luther's Sonita Henry, tackle a range of crimes across the area.

They will visit a stonemasons’ workshop at Brompton Cemetery, a school for international students, a family-owned Italian restaurant and a garden centre with links to football hooliganism.

Scarborough has appeared in films including The Madness Of King George, The History Boys and Les Miserables, as well as winning the Laurence Olivier Award for best supporting actor twice for his theatre work.

The Chelsea Detective is set for release in 2022.

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