Parminder Nagara star of new crime drama DI Ray

ITV announces new crime drama DI Ray from Line of Duty creator’s production company

Ooo this sounds good!

It seems we can’t get enough of new crime drama, and ITV is back at it after announcing a new series.

DI Ray will star Bend It Like Beckham actress Parminder Nagra and is being made by the production company headed up by Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio.

What’s not to like?

Parminder Nagara star of new crime drama DI Ray
Parminder will star in the ITV crime drama (Credit:

What is new crime drama DI Ray all about?

The series will be four episodes long and tells the story of Rachita Ray (Nagra).

Set in Birmingham, it sees Rachita receive the promotion she’s been eyeing for ages.

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However, her heart sinks when she’s assigned to a murder investigation or a ‘culturally specific homicide’.

She thinks she’s been chosen for the investigation for ethnicity rather than her ability.

Jed Mercurio has a new crime drama on ITV
DI Ray is made by Jed’s company HTM Television (Credit:

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Rachita sticks to the case.

And it’s far from easy. The case isn’t a run-of-the-mill murder; it involves delving deep into the dangerous world of organised crime.

Rachita is more than up for the task, but what she didn’t count on is what this case stirs up inside her; the realisation that she’s been burying a personal identity crisis her whole life.

New crime drama DI Ray is written by Line of Duty star Maya Sondhi
Maya in Line of Duty as Meneet (Credit: BBC)

Who has written DI Ray and where have you seen Maya Sondhi before?

Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio’s production company, HTM Television, is behind the series.

But there’s another strong Line of Duty connection: actress Maya Sondhi has written the series.

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Maya, 38, has appeared in the likes of Casualty and Citizen Khan, but also the hit BBC One crime drama.

In it, she played bent copper – and ultimately doomed bent copper – Maneet Bindra.

And we all know what happened to poor Maneet…

When will new crime drama DI Ray be on?

Filming on the show will start in Birmingham in a matter of weeks.

This means it’ll be with us some time next year.

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