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Shield 5 is the first-ever scripted Instagram series, to be broadcast daily in 28 episodes

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'Shield 5' is the first-ever original series to be broadcast on Instagram Image used with permission by copyright holder
Shield 5 is a 28-part thriller that will be broadcast daily on Instagram during the month of February on its very own dedicated page on the app.

Set in present-day London, the show follows a security driver who must evade the police following a diamond heist and the resultant death of a colleague.

The first episode of the show (see below) has already been posted on the Shield 5 Instagram page. The clip clocks in at a fleeting 15 seconds and depicts the show’s protagonist, John Swift, nursing a bloody wound as he stumbles down a London street.

Shortly after posting the first episode, an image of a wanted poster for John Swift was also added to the page, indicating the multimedia approach the show will take in order to add context to the proceedings.

The show will continue with this format, broadcasting a 15 second episode followed by a related image each day, reports Deadline.

Shield 5 was created by director Anthony Wilcox and writer Adam Dewar. Wilcox previously worked as an assistant director on Hot Fuzz, Layer Cake, and Pearl Harbor. Dewar is an editor at UK newspaper the Guardian.

Shield 5 currently has just over 5,000 followers and its first episode received 581 likes, well short of the numbers accumulated by the app’s biggest users. The show will no doubt be relying on positive word-of-mouth from the app’s 400 million-strong user base to help make it a success. If it does manage to find an audience, it could result in more original narrative content making its way on to the platform.

Correction: The original article incorrectly listed Shield 5 as being produced by Instagram. It is in fact an independent production.

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