WITH the cold, dark nights now here, there’s never been a better time to get cosy and sink your teeth into a new, gripping drama.
Thankfully ITV has just announced it’s winter schedule which is packed full of drama that will have you hooked right through until Spring. Here’s what you can look forward to:
The Pembrokeshire Murders
Luke Evans plays the lead detective in The Pembrokeshire Murders
Luke Evans takes the lead in true crime drama The Pembrokeshire Murders, a three-part mini-series depicting the pursuit of a cold-blooded serial killer.
The drama is adapted from the true crime book Catching the Bullseye Killer, written by Senior Investigating Officer Steve Wilkins and ITV news journalist Jonathan Hill.
Two unsolved double murders from the 1980s cast a shadow over the work of the Dyfed Powys police force and in 2006, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins (Luke) decides to reopen both cases.
Employing pioneering forensic methods, Wilkins and his handpicked team found microscopic DNA and fibres that potentially linked the murders to a string of burglaries committed in the 80s and 90s.
The perpetrator of those robberies was nearing the end of his prison sentence, but if Steve Wilkins was right, he was also a serial killer… Could Steve and his team find enough forensic evidence to charge their suspect before he was released to potentially kill again?
Keeley Hawes stars in Finding Alice alongside a stellar cast
For Alice – played by Keeley Hawes – husband Harry and their daughter, Charlotte, moving into their new home should have been a dream come true.
But it quickly turns into a nightmare when Alice discovers Harry dead at the bottom of the stairs.
Family should be a source of comfort, but Harry’s parents, Minnie and Gerry, keep popping round uninvited. Whilst Alice’s own parents, Roger and Sarah, only seem to add to her list of problems.
With Harry gone and Alice struggling to cope, Charlotte is forced to bottle up her grief and be the responsible one. Especially when the police turn up asking questions about the night that Harry died.
To make matters worse, more unexpected visitors start knocking on Alice’s door, and she begins to realise that Harry’s business debt wasn’t the only secret he kept hidden from her.
Keeley is joined by a star-studded cast including Joanna Lumley and Nigel Havers as Alice’s parents Sarah and Roger, and Jason Merrells as her husband Harry.
The Bay is back for a second series Credit: ITV
The Bay series two begins with Lisa Armstrong, played by Morven Christie, at a low ebb: Demoted, she is forced to do menial police work whilst she watches Med go from strength to strength.
But a new case, involving a shocking murder within a loving family, brings Lisa unexpectedly back into the front line. She must get under the skin of
a new family and prove her worth; to her colleagues, to her family and to herself.
Written by award-winning playwright Daragh Carville and set in the unique costal town of Morecambe, Morven Christie is joined by Joe Absolom, James Cosmo, Stephen Tompkinson, Sharon Small
and Owen McDonnell, amongst others guest stars.
Katherine Kelly stars in series two of Innocent Credit: ITV
Innocent II focuses upon the scandal that rocked the small Cumbrian town of Keswick in 2015 involving schoolteacher, Sally Wright (Katherine Kelly), who was alleged to be having an affair with her 16-year-old pupil, Matty Taylor.
When Matty is found dead, brutally stabbed with a broken cider bottle, suspicion falls upon Sally who had admitted to taking special interest in the boy.
In spite of having no criminal record, no history of violence and vehemently protesting her innocence and the fact she couldn’t be placed at the remote beauty spot on the day Matty was found murdered, Sally was convicted by a majority verdict and sentenced to a minimum of 15
years in jail.
The new four-part series opens with Sally in the dock of Carlisle Crown Court, steely and determined to prove her innocence and that she’s been the victim of a terrible miscarriage of justice.
As she waits for the jury to deliver on her appeal, Sally contemplates how she’s lost everything she holds dear. Her relationship, home and
marriage to Probation Officer, Sam, her job as Head of English at a local comprehensive, her status and good name in the community, and personal contact with her aging mother who now lives in a care home.
With the unwavering support of her best friend, Jenny, Editor of the local Cumbrian Post newspaper, Sally has been given a lifeline, as new evidence, which places her six miles from the murder scene, is unearthed.
John Simm stars in Grace which has been adapted from two of Peter James’ novelsCredit: ITV
Endeavour creator, Russell Lewis has adapted two of international bestseller Peter James’ award winning novels which introduce the audience to Brighton based Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, a hardworking police officer who has given his life to the job.
Played by John Simm, the first film, Dead Simple, opens with Grace running enquiries into long forgotten cold cases with little or no prospect of success.
He’s fixated by the disappearance of his beloved wife, Sandy, which haunts his thoughts. His unorthodox police methods have come under scrutiny once again and Grace is walking a career tightrope and risks being
moved from the job he loves most.
With so much at stake, his colleague Detective Sergeant Glenn Branson knows he has more to give and asks him for help with a case.
When a stag night prank appears to go wrong and the groom goes missing, Branson calls upon Grace to unravel events that led to the mysterious disappearance three days before his wedding to his beautiful fiancé.
A successful property developer with everything to live for, there is no trace of the missing groom. Is this a case of stag night shenanigans gone badly awry? Or is this something more sinister?
With nothing but instinct, a lingering suspicion and his obsessive nature, Grace doggedly pursues the groom’s disappearance and becomes uneasily close to the bride to be…
Viewpoint is a gripping five-part drama starring Noel ClarkeCredit: © Tiger Aspect Productions
This gripping five-part drama follows a tense police surveillance investigation into a tight knit Manchester community and explores whether it is ever possible to observe the lives of others with true objectivity and zero effect.
Noel Clarke plays surveillance detective DC Martin Young, who sets up his observation post in the home of single mum and secret voyeur, Zoe Sterling, played by Alexandra Roach.
Zoe’s windows command a panoramic view of Westbury Square, and more importantly provides a direct sightline into the home of missing primary school teacher, Gemma Hillman, played by Amy Wren; the home she shares with boyfriend and prime suspect in her disappearance, Greg Sullivan, played by Fehinti Balogun.
Joining the cast are Catherine Tyldesley (Scarborough, Coronation Street), Bronagh Waugh (The Fall, Unforgotten), Sarah Niles (Trust Me, Catastrophe) and Shannon Murray (Get Even, EastEnders).
DC Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan are back for a fourth series of UnforgottenCredit: des willie
Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar reprise their roles as DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan in the highly-anticipated fourth series of critically acclaimed drama, Unforgotten.
The fourth series opens with the discovery of a dismembered body in a scrap metal yard, which the team believe has been stored in a domestic freezer for thirty years.
A unique Millwall Football Club tattoo leads to the victim being identified as Matthew Walsh, a young man in his mid-twenties who went missing in March 1990.
The main cast will be joined by Sheila Hancock, Susan Lynch, Phaldut Sharma, Liz White, Andy Nyman, Clare Calbraith and Lucy Speed, along with returning actors Peter Egan, Alastair Mackenzie, Carolina Main, Lewis Reeves and Jordan Long.
Too Close is a psychological mini-series starring Emily Watson and Denise GoughCredit: ITV
Emily Watson and Denise Gough lead Too Close, a psychological mini-series written by author and actress Clara Salaman.
Too Close focuses on the compelling and dangerous relationship between forensic psychiatrist Dr Emma Robertson who is assigned to work with Connie Mortensen a woman accused of a heinous crime but who claims she
can’t remember a thing.
Dr Robertson is not easily shocked. She’s worked with her fair share of high security patients. However, when she’s sent to assess Connie for trial the two women become dangerously close.
Connie has a searing insight into Emma’s deepest insecurities and starts to brutally exploit them. Their sessions become a complex psychological game with confusing undercurrents.
Emma tries to understand Connie and her complicated relationship with her beautiful best friend, Ness Jones (Thalissa Teixeira), which seems to have made her snap.
But as Emma tries to uncover the truth and learn what triggered Connie’s despicable behaviour, it seems that her attempts to see justice done may destroy her instead.
Anna Friel is back for a new series of Marcella Credit: ITV
Following on from the dramatic conclusion of the previous series, the new eight-parter sees Marcella (Anna Friel) in Belfast as an undercover detective.
She has taken on a new identity, Keira, and has infiltrated the infamous Maguire crime family but as she investigates their activities, questions come to the fore about how much she’s embraced the Keira personality and left Marcella behind.
In true Marcella style, the series has interweaving storylines with strands focusing upon the Maguires’ criminal operations.
As she inhabits the character of Keira, Marcella’s quest for the truth puts her in danger and others in harm’s way. Her undercover role makes her take risks, but will her old life eventually catch up with her?
An array of new cast members are welcomed to the series including Amanda Burton who takes on the role of Katherine, the matriarch of the Maguire family; Aaron McCusker plays her son, Finn Maguire; whilst Hugo Speer, who made a brief appearance in the final scenes of series two, reprises his role as Frank Young, Marcella’s undercover handler.
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