John Simm is to star in new fugitive drama series 'Prey'.

The 'Life on Mars' actor will appear in the three-part series as DC Marcus Farrow, a policeman who is forced to go on the run in Manchester after being found at scene of a crime.

Red Productions have teamed up with writer Chris Lunt to produce the three hour-long episodes which follow the family man in a race against the clock to find out the truth, while he tries to escape the clutches of his former colleague DS Susan Reinhardt, who is tasked with catching him.

Steve November, ITV's Director of Drama, said: "Chris Lunt is a very talented writer and we are delighted to have his debut serial on ITV. He has created extremely vivid characters in Prey and we are very excited to have John Simm in the lead role."

The Nick Murphy-directed drama is commissioned by ITV and is to start filming in October.

Nicola Shindler, Executive Producer, said: "We're attempting something different with 'Prey'.

"It's very fast-paced and to enhance the high octane qualities of Chris's brilliant scripts we'll be shooting essentially from the back of a transit van.

"It's almost a guerrilla style technique, which will make Prey feel accessible and edgy with the 'real' factor.

"We're confident re-defining how we shoot will heighten tension and create an added layer of intrigue to the drama."