Martin Freeman leads the cast of the latest BBC drama The Responder, in which he will play a morally compromised and unconventional urgent response officer on the night shift in Liverpool.

He plays a character called Chris, who takes on new rookie partner Rachel (played by Adelayo Adedayo) and will have to deal with survival in this high pressure nighttime world.

Tony Schumacher wrote all episodes of The Responder, which is his first original series for television.

Speaking on the programme, Martin Freeman said: “Tony Schumacher’s scripts were so unique and honest that I knew very quickly that I wanted to be a part of The Responder and take on the role of Chris.

"No-one writes like Tony and it has been exhilarating inhabiting the world he has created.”

Wirral Globe: Adelayo Adedayo will play Rachel Hargreaves (BBC/Dancing Ledge/Rekha Garton)Adelayo Adedayo will play Rachel Hargreaves (BBC/Dancing Ledge/Rekha Garton)

When will BBC's The Responder be on TV?

The Responder will air its first episode at 9pm on BBC One on Monday, January 24.

There will be five hour-long episodes in total, with the second airing on Tuesday, January 25 and the third then airing a week later on Monday, January 31.

Who is in the cast of BBC's The Responder?

Martin Freeman as Chris Carson

Adelayo Adedayo as Rachel Hargreaves

Warren Brown as Raymond Mullen

Philip Barantini as Steve

Faye McKeever as Jodie

Christine Tremarco as Dr. Diane Gallagher

Josh Finan as Marco

Emily Fairn as Casey

Philip Shaun McGuinness as Ian

Ian Hart as Carl Sweeney

MyAnna Buring as Kate Carson

Rita Tushingham as June Carson

David Bradley as Davey

David Ayres as Andy