When it comes to drama, Wolfe adds a unique twist by focusing on the work of an exceptionally gifted forensic scientist who has bipolar disorder. In September, Sky Max’s darkly comedic series, starring Babou Ceesay as Professor Wolfe Kinteh, is poised to fascinate and entertain audiences.
At 9 pm on Friday, September 10, Sky Max HD will broadcast the opening episode of the six-part drama. After that, Sky and Now TV will sell a boxed set that includes all of the episodes.
A lecturer at a university in the north of England named Professor Wolfe Kinteh, played by Babou Ceesay, is at the centre of the series. And yet, he and his devoted crew work with law enforcement to study crime scenes and solve all manners of crimes. Let’s take, for example, the case of an engineer who was killed while working on a meatpacking industry machine. Having bipolar disorder, on the other hand, is both a benefit and a challenge for Wolfe, who is described as “half genius, half liability.”
When it comes to complex situations, the police know that Wolfe will do it “his way,” says Ceesay. Wolfe teaches forensics, but his lab also performs the work for the police. Even though he fights with bipolar disorder, his brain works allow him to piece things together in the case that most people can’t. He relies on his job to provide him with a sense of safety. In the end, however, he’ll do whatever it takes, including breaking the law, to achieve what he wants.”
Natalia Tena plays Wolfe’s estranged wife Valerie, while Alex Rider’s Talitha Wing plays their teenage daughter Flick. Wolfe is determined to reunite with Valerie and Flick.
Meanwhile, a dedicated team of crime scene professionals, including Sherlock’s Amanda Abbington and Little Boy Blue’s Christine Tremarco’s Dot, work alongside Wolfe to assist DCI Betsy Chambers. As Maggy, Chimerica star Naomi Yang plays an intelligent, ambitious woman, Adam Long plays an enthusiastic entomologist named Steve, and Shaniqua Okwok plays a mysterious newbie named Dominique.
‘Wolfe, as written, is a hassle!’ To make sure he could convince others, Ceesay ensured his body temperature was kept at a comfortable level. ‘When they solve these cases, they’re attempting to reunite families,’ says Wolfe. You can tell that they like him a lot, by the way. But, as a result, the team’s integrity is in jeopardy…”