The Merseyside writer of new BBC hit show The Responder has dedicated the last episode of the drama to his cousin who died yesterday.

Tony Schumacher, a former police officer from Liverpool, tweeted last night as the final episode went out to remember his “beautiful, funny, intelligent and caring cousin”, Joanne Schumacher.

The screenwriter, who started working on the script two years ago, felt it was only right he honoured her with this last episode.

The show, starring Martin Freeman as Urgent response officer Chris Carson working night shifts on his beat in Liverpool with a new rookie partner, has gripped viewers.

Martin Freeman in BBC showThe Responder
Martin Freeman star of The Responder

Lucy Mangan TV writer for the Guardian said: “The script is an astoundingly tough, vigorous, sinewy thing without a wasted word or moment.”

Now, fans are eager to find out if there will be another series of the show.

Tony added to the tension with another tweet last night when he promised he would see fans again soon.

Picture of Martin Freeman in The Responder copyright



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