The story behind the U.K.’s notorious phone hacking scandal will be explored in this upcoming series taken up under the British based broadcasting network, ITV. Rupert Murdoch’s ‘News of the World’ was a tabloid that focused on the mucky affairs of public figures. The platform relied on hacking to retrieve private information on people and at the center of it all were the accusations against Rupert Murdoc, the then owner of the newspaper. The scandal, first broke out in 2011 wherein it was revealed that a private investigator who was hired by the paper had hacked the voicemail of Milly Dowler, a murdered 13-year-old schoolgirl. There were other reports on the paper meddling with guarded information of several celebrities and members of the British Royal Family. The subsequent investigation that was carried out culminated in the arrest of over 100 people, followed by imprisonments, resignations and, ultimately, the closure of ‘News of the World’.
The first investigations on the matter was carried out from early 2000s upon which several illegal activities tied to the people behind the newspaper were revealed. This was followed by the ‘Royal Phone hacking Scandal’ and more in which the phone conversations of the members of the British Royal Family were reportedly spied upon and tapped by privately hired investigators who reportedly sold the content to the newspaper. Many other cases were tied to the paper that immediately led to its downfall. The upcoming series will supposedly be focusing on such scandals that the tabloid was accused of.
Who is a Part of the Upcoming Production?
Abi Bach and Faiza Tovey will be heading the production team for the upcoming series which is to be titled, ‘Mandrake’, the name of a plant whose poison can lead to death. Abi Bach is a known producer whose works include, ‘Mayday’ and ‘The Honorable Woman’. Faiza Tovey is a surfacing producer who will be joining Abi Bach in undertaking the series’ development. Rhian Griffiths is another addition to the crew.
‘Mandrake’ is rumored to be directed by Lewis Arnold. Some of Lewis Arnold’s works include, ‘Time’ and ‘Charlie Says’ which was released in 2013 and starred Conner Chapman, Elliott John Tittensor, Christine Bottomley and more. As per the reports, the series will most likely commence its filming by January in 2024 with London serving as the prime location for the series. Seeing as how the series is beginning its production next year, it will be a while before any information on the cast and potential release dates of the ‘Mandrake’ will be announced. So, stay updated on the latest news on the upcoming series and more at out website.