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BELLEVUE is an edgy, eerie 8x60 mystery thriller, set in a small blue-collar town with a lot of 'good people' who 'live right' and take it upon themselves to see that the neighbours do too. Driving the series is 28-year-old Annie Ryder a cop whose intense and brazen personality has always been at odds with her hometown. With the recent disappearance of transgender teenager Jesse Sweetland, she dives fiercely into unravelling the mystery, despite having to cast suspicion on people she's known all her life. Just as Annie begins the search for Jesse, a stranger in a bar gives her a note – in the form of a riddle – with the message that the author of the riddle can help with the missing kid. Annie realizes there is nothing straightforward about this case. She also realizes, he’s back.

Annie Ryder is who she is because of a tragic and haunting past. 20-odd years ago, a teenage girl, Sandy Driver was killed at Christmas and posed, dressed as the Virgin Mary, in the nativity scene outside the local church. Her killer was never found. Annie’s dad Clarence was the lead Detective and after failing to find Sandy’s killer he descended into a PTSD-fuelled mental illness and took his own life. This is a trauma Annie never recovered from; save for a little while in her youth when – at the age of eight – she began receiving riddles signed ‘Love Dad’. For a while, little Annie was happy again. She’d answer the sweet little riddles, put them in a mailbox in the woods by her house and a week later, a new riddle would be waiting. Then, she got one she couldn’t solve and never heard from her Riddler again. Until now: until she opened the piece of paper given to her in the bar and on it is written the exact same riddle that she couldn’t solve as a kid. This time Annie solves the riddle and through what it tells her, she becomes convinced this mystery person does know things about Jesse’s disappearance and he’s saying this disappearance is connected to the 20-year-old unsolved murder that took the life of Annie’s dad. 

BELLEVUE explores what it’s like to be different in a small town where everyone cheers for the hockey team on Saturday and hauls themselves out of bed in time for church on Sunday. Annie’s never fit in, and ripping into the lives of those around her to solve a mystery, won’t help her do so. But for a girl who grew up with so many questions hanging over her head; such as Who killed Sandy Driver? Why did her dad kill himself? Who is this Riddler? And now: what happened to Jesse Sweetland? – she can’t back down. The truth is within reach, the pursuit has become an addiction and she’s in too deep to pull out now.

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