FILMING locations across Helensburgh are being used for the TV adaptation of a hit radio crime drama.

Annika, a six-part series due to air later this year, stars Nicola Walker - who has also appeared in Spooks and The Split - as DI Annika Strandhed investigating the "unexplained, brutal, and seemingly unfathomable murders that wash up in the waterways of Scotland".

Crews have been spotted around the area in recent weeks with Hermitage Park, Victoria Halls, the rugby club and Kidston Park all being repurposed temporarily.

Local restaurateur Cara Nikolic told the Advertiser that crew members also stopped by Padrone Pizza on West Clyde Street a few days before Christmas whilst filming at a house near Rhu Road Lower.

The series, co-commissioned by UKTV and US network Masterpiece, is produced by Black Camel Pictures and will be shown on leading crime drama channel, Alibi.

Heading up a new marine homicide unit, Walker's character is a reprisal of her role from the acclaimed Radio 4 series.

Phillippa Collie Cousins, UKTV drama commissioner, said: "Our new detective series Annika is a breath of fresh air: a whip smart detective, great cases and the glorious Scottish scenery.

"Nicola Walker has been integral in helping us develop her character, creating a maverick female detective who not only has Norwegian ancestry, but is dryly funny, a chaotic parent and a fish out of water.

"We're also really excited to have a diverse writer's room with lead writer, Nick Walker and emerging talents, Frances Poet and Lucia Haynes."

Arabella Page Croft, co-founder of Black Camel Pictures, added: "We are absolutely thrilled to bring Nick Walker's radio show Annika to life as a new marine homicide crime drama series.

"The show feels right at home in the cinematic landscape of Scotland's dramatic lochs, rivers and seascapes.

"Fabulous Nicola Walker as Annika is already adored by audiences in Nick Walker's hit radio series, so it's a simply wonderful opportunity to bring this engaging, energetic show to a much wider audience with our broadcast partner Alibi and partners All3Media, Masterpiece and Screen Scotland."