ITV has just unveiled its autumn schedule and there are some unmissable new drama series on the way.
There’s a slew of famous faces including Aidan Turner, Adrian Dunbar and Ben Miller stepping into some exciting new roles, so get ready to put your feet up and ditch all social plans.
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Aidan Turner (of Poldark fame) returns to the small screen in The Suspect, directed by Vigil and Broadchurch’s James Strong.
Turner plays Dr. Joe O’Loughlin, who, on the surface, lives a perfect life. You know the drill: devoted wife: loving daughter: successful career as a clinical psychologist.
Not to mention his publishing deal and high media exposure.
Joe even becomes an online hero after rescuing a patient ready to jump from the tenth floor of the hospital where he works.
But – there’s always a but – when a young woman’s body is found in a shallow grave, Joe becomes involved in the police investigation into her death.
Of course, this isn’t his usual bag, but he’s ready to offer his expertise.
But questions soon arise as Joe isn’t quite what he seems and is hiding a devastating diagnosis.
Does Joe have more to hide? Spoilers – yes.
Line of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar plays retired detective Alex Ridley in ITV’s new detective drama.
Though he’s hanging up his detective hat and looking forward to life on the slow lane, Ridley is called in by his former protégé, DI Carol Farman (The Fall’s Bronagh Waugh), who has replaced him.
She wants him to act as a police consultant in a complicated and compelling murder case, to which he agrees.
Apparently, it doesn’t take long before the investigation takes a dark and unexpected turn and Farman turns to Ridley for help.
Ridley consists of four feature-length episodes filmed across northern England.
Soap fans will be delighted to see former Coronation Street star Bhavna Limbachia (Rana Nazir) as a regular.
Another murder drama, this time a cold case. Karen Pirie is based on the acclaimed novel The Distant Echo by Val McDermid.
And it comes from the producers of Line of Duty.
Vigil actress Lauren Lyle will play iconic character DI Karen Pirie.
She is described as “a young and fearless Scottish investigator with a quick mouth and a stubborn thirst for the truth”.
Emer Kenny – known for Harlots, Save Me Too and EastEnders – adapted the script and will also star as Pirie’s friend River Wilde.
In the first episode, Karen is seen reopening a historic murder investigation that was the subject of a provocative true-crime podcast.
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Teenage girl Rosie Duff (Anna Russell-Martin, Casualty) was brutally murdered in 1996 in the Scottish university town of St Andrews.
Suspicion fell on the three drunk students who claimed to have found her body; Sigmund “Ziggy” Malkiewicz (Jhon Lumsden, Pancake), Tom “Weird” Mackie (Jack Hesketh, Besa) and Alex Gilbey (Buom Tihngang, Death In Paradise).
However, due to a lack of forensic evidence, no charges were brought and the police investigation failed.
Some 25 years later, it seems someone is willing to risk anything to hide the mysteries surrounding the case. Do the three men know more than they previously revealed? How flawed was the original investigation? And can Karen uncover the truth about what happened to Rosie that fateful night?
There’s also some great recurring drama, including Ben Miller on Professor T, Bradley Walsh on The Larkins, and the very last series of Doc Martin starring Martin Clunes.
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