The Diplomat starts 28th February on Alibi


Tuesday 7 February 2023

Alibi's brand-new drama The Diplomat starts 28th February at 9pm.

The UKTV Original series has a star-studded line-up including Sophie Rundle, Danny Sapani, Steven Cree, Serena Manteghi, Dylan Brady, Isak FĂ©rriz, Laia Costa and Philipp Boos.

The Diplomat follows Laura Simmonds (Rundle) and her Barcelona Consul colleague and friend Alba Ortiz (Manteghi) as they fight to protect Distressed British Nationals in Barcelona - Spain's most visited city. Mixing the roles of lawyer, counsellor and cop, Laura and Alba's diplomatic skills are stretched to the limit by the stream of surprising and complex cases that walk through the Consulate doors in need of their assistance.

The series opens with the death of Jay Sutherland, a young British barman working aboard a yacht in Barcelona's exclusive marina. While the Spanish police suspect that the death was a tragic accident, Laura supports the boy's grieving father, Colin (Sapani) who is convinced something more sinister took place. As new unexpected evidence emerges, Laura encounters resistance from unlikely places, uncovering links to organised crime and a conspiracy to bury the truth that reaches the heart of the British establishment. Laura realises that exposing the secrets surrounding Jay's death may come at a cost.

The Diplomat is created and written by Ben Richards. Episodes 3 & 4 are written by Lauren Klee. The directors are Jill Robertson and Jennie Paddon and the series is produced by Ken Horn for World Productions, part of ITV Studios. Executive producers are Simon Heath, Ben Richards, Emma Luffingham and Philippa Collie Cousins. BBC Studios is handling distribution internationally.


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Alibi stepped into UKTV Original crime drama series with guaranteed thrills, twists and turns including hit series Annika, starring Nicola Walker, Traces, starring Molly Windsor and Martin Compston and We Hunt Together, starring Eve Myles and Babou Ceesay.

Now in its 16th series, Murdoch Mysteries has found a safe space on the channel while newcomers Hudson and Rex have become hugely popular additions. British crime dramas including Death in Paradise, Father Brown and Silent Witness give the viewers another chance to catch their favourite shows.


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About World Productions

World Productions is one of the UK's leading production companies, making critically-acclaimed, ratings-winning dramas since 1990. It's multi-award-winning slate includes hit shows Line of Duty, Save Me, The Pembrokeshire Murders, the Emmy-nominated Bodyguard, Showtrial, Anne, Karen Pirie and Vigil, which in 2021 became the UK's most watched new drama since Bodyguard in 2018 and was awarded the International Emmy for Best Drama Series in 2022.

In 2021, Save Me Too was awarded the BAFTA for Best Drama Series and in 2022 World was named Production Company of the Year at the Broadcast Awards for the second time in three years. Upcoming shows include Malpractice and The Hunt For Raoul Moat for ITV, Fifteen Love for Amazon and The Diplomat for Alibi.