ITV announces Martin Clunes crime drama, Manhunt

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One of the trends in crime drama this year is the ‘true crime drama’, stories based on rea-life events and adapted into a drama for the small screen. Already this year, we’ve had dramas on BBC One that have explored the Rochdale sex scandal and The Moorside, starring Sheridan Smith. Over on ITV, Stephen Graham starred in Little Boy Blue, which told the story of the murder of young Rhys Jones and his killers’ capture. Now we have another ITV crime drama in the works, telling another real-life story.

Martin Clunes will take the role of former DCI Sutton who determinedly and tenaciously pursued serial killer Levi Bellfield.

Written by Ed Whitmore (Silent Witness, Rillington Place, Strike Back) and produced by Buffalo Pictures, Manhunt is the real life story of how the murder of French National, Amelie Delagrange, on Twickenham Green in August 2004 was eventually linked to the murders of Marsha McDonnell in 2003 and the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler as she travelled home from school in 2002.

Walking home following a night out with friends, 22 years old Amelie was savagely attacked and struck several times on the back of the head with a hammer.

Although relatively experienced in murder investigation, DCI Sutton was assigned to the case by London’s Metropolitan Police.  Hard working and instinctive, Sutton dedicated himself to finding Amelie’s killer. With very little evidence, his painstaking approach and the diligence of his fellow officers gradually led to breakthroughs in the case. 

Not to be underestimated, Sutton never ruled out similarities to the murders of Marsha McDonnell and Milly Dowler in the same southwest corner of London despite superior officers refusing to make the connection.

Expect this next year…. more news as we get it.

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