PRESS RELEASE: HOPE not hate true story provides inspiration for new ITV drama

20 09 22
20th September 2022

Press Release

The Walk-In, a new drama starring Stephen Graham, is set to launch on ITV on 3rd October. It is based on the true story behind a neo-Nazi’s plot to murder an MP that was foiled by non-profit organisation, HOPE not hate

Since 2004, HOPE not hate has been the leading voice and presence in the fight against extremist and far-right groups in the UK.

By sharing an understanding of these groups to the public at large and through pinpoint intelligence, it has accomplished some outstanding achievements. These include defeating the British National Party (BNP), preventing various terror attacks and saving the life of Rosie Cooper, the MP who was the target of the plot on which The Walk-In is focused. 

The remarkable events featured in The Walk-In centre on HOPE not hate informant Robbie Mullen and his handler, Head of Intelligence, Matthew Collins, as Robbie responds to learning of a murder plot. The show will give viewers the chance to relive how HOPE not hate’ s work infiltrating a far-right Nazi group ultimately saved the life of a Labour MP, Rosie Cooper. 

Robbie Mullen, a former member of the banned far-right terrorist group National Action – turned inside informant for HOPE not hate – spent a prolonged time undercover. His information allowed HOPE not hate to inform the police of the murder plot and the activities of this terrorist group, information that the police had no knowledge of until that point.

This story of bravery and inside intelligence highlights HOPE not hate’s ongoing work as well as its ongoing quest to put an end to extreme and far-right activity throughout the country. 

CEO of HOPE not hate, Nick Lowles, said: 

“At HOPE not hate, our aim is to continually challenge extremist and far right-wing activity within the UK. Our role in foiling an active plot to kill a serving politician is something that we are extremely proud of as an organisation.

“The fact that this story is going to be highlighted and told to the public through ITV’s upcoming series will further bolster HOPE not hate’s work to scupper these groups, increasing awareness and will continue to aid us to support at-risk communities and at-risk individuals.” 

Head of Intelligence for HOPE not hate, Matthew Collins, said: 

“Our work at HOPE not hate is tireless, risky and often stays out of the public eye for very good reason. It takes a whole team of support for a handler to run sources in the far right, which in this case led to preventing a murder. We continue to gather information and intelligence to counter active threats and planned activities by the far right.

“Here at HOPE Not Hate we really hope that The Walk-In will give the viewing public an insight into how real these threats are.” 

The Walk-In will be released on ITV and ITV Hub from 3rd October, with an in-depth documentary to follow the series.

For more information on HOPE not hate, the work it does for communities through education, policy work, intelligence and research, or to gain a more in-depth understanding of the organisation as a whole, please visit – – or follow on Twitter or Facebook.


For any interview requests or queries, please contact: [email protected] // 0207 952 1183 

Notes to editors: 

HOPE not hate | | @hopenothate  
HOPE not hate monitors, exposes and challenges the far right, engages with the communities who are susceptible to them and addresses the issues and polices which give rise to them.


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