Last week we brought you a news story that detailed Line Of Duty’s Martin Compston and Douglas ‘Shetland’ Hesnhall’s involvement in a new ITV drama that would tell the story of Scottish serial killer Peter Manuel. That report appeared in a Scottish newspaper, but now ITV has confirmed not only the show’s existence but also additional cast members and extended plotlines.
Muncie will tell the true story of Lanarkshire detective William Muncie’s quest to bring to justice notorious Scottish killer Peter Manuel in three parts.
This, from ITV:
Muncie first arrested Manuel in 1946 for housebreaking, but also successfully convicted him for a string of sexual assaults. Manuel vowed revenge.
Released from prison in 1955, Manuel embarked on a two-year killing spree, claiming eight lives in the close-knit communities of South Lanarkshire. He also made Muncie his Number One target audience, sending him birthday cards and leaving tantalising clues.
Manuel evaded capture for so long because he was unlike anything the local police had ever encountered: A murderer without any discernible motive whose victims were chosen at random. Muncie was the one man who had Manuel’s measure and doggedly refused to give up until Manuel was brought to justice.
The cast will also include Brian McCardie who takes the role of Samuel Manuel, Denis Lawson as Lawrence Dowdall, Shauna Macdonald as Agnes Muncie, Joanna Roth as Bridget Manuel and Gary Lewis as William Watt.