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The images and a teaser clip from the new BBC series feature Buchan and Farzad as enemies with a complicated history, navigating a world where everyone has their own perceptions of what is “right” and “wrong”.

The five-part crime thriller follows Farzad, who has starred in I Hate Suzie and Avenue 5.

She plays DI Lou Slack, who has a complicated connection to head of Leeds criminal underworld Col McHugh.

Buchan, best known for Broadchurch and The Honourable Woman, stars as the crime boss.

As revealed by the BBC, the thriller will examine “the power of human conscience” in an epic battle for redemption that questions morals and the notions of family and loyalty. 

DI Lou Slack is on a mission to bring down high-profile criminal Col McHugh.

But the task at hand reveals a complicated connection between the police officer and felon and a deal they forged 19 years prior. 

The deal saved Lou’s failing career, while granting Col prosperity and power, all at the cost of corruption.

When Lou’s family is “brought to the brink of tragedy”, she must take the opportunity to right her past mistakes if she is to have a second chance at a new, better life. 

Speaking about the project when it was first announced earlier this year, Farzad said: “Better is a brilliant fresh take on the morality tale.”

She added: “I’m excited to have the opportunity to play Lou Slack, the vehicle through which we explore the multivalent layers of good and bad.

“A complex, flawed yet utterly human character”.

In the one minute teaser clip, fans see Lou tell her ‘friend’ Col, that her colleagues received “an anonymous tip” about an accomplice “Noel”.

“Best I could do was to get ahead of it and make sure Noel didn’t get himself shot,” she tells Col over a glass of wine.

The tense clip reveals the pair’s close, yet complicated relationship, questioning Lou’s morality and the blurred lines of her corrupt past. 

Set and filmed entirely in Leeds, the drama is produced by SISTER, the award winning content studio behind Chernobyl and This is Going to Hurt. The series was written by Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent, the writers behind Humans and Spooks. 

Jonathan Brough (The End, Rosehaven) is lead Director for the series, alongside Pier Wilkie (Doctors), who directed episode four. 

The series is also executive produced by Chris Fry (Landscapers, Giri/Haji, Humans), Lucy Dyke  (The Split, Black Mirror, Eric) and Jane Featherstone (This is Going to Hurt, Chernobyl, The Split).

“I feel very lucky to be part of such a wonderful show with an incredibly talented team attached to it,” Farzad commented during production. 

Peaky Blinders star Samuel Edward-Coo will play the role of Lou’s husband, with Zak Ford-Williams (Wolfe), Ceallach Spellman (Cold Feet) and Carolin Stoltz (Liar) also starring in the thriller. 

Filming has completed and Better will air on BBC One and BBC iPlayer in 2023. 

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