Channel 4 confirms Suspect transmission date

Suspect will begin on Channel 4 this weekend, and the channel has revealed it will strip across four nights, with two episodes per night.

The eight-part series – which features episodes of half an hour – stars a stellar ensemble cast comprising James Nesbitt, Joely Richardson, Anne-Marie Duff, Richard E Grant, Antonia Thomas, Niamh Algar, Sam Heughan, Sacha Dhawan and Ben Miller.

When veteran detective, Danny Frater, turns up at a hospital mortuary for what he thinks is a routine ID check, he gets a devastating shock; the deceased – a young woman – turns out to be his estranged daughter, Christina, and according to the post-mortem report, she’s taken her own life. Although the medical evidence points overwhelmingly to suicide, Danny refuses to accept the findings of the autopsy, and he sets out on a chaotic and often agonising crusade to discover what really happened to his daughter.

Over the course of 24 hours, and through a series of intense exchanges with those closest to Christina – her partner, her best friend, her business partner, her godfather, her mentor, and her mother (and Danny’s ex-wife) – he learns about her increasingly dark and complicated life comes face-to-face with his own failings as a man and a father and the part they may have played in her demise. Struggling to make sense of a mass of contradictory testimony and circumstantial evidence, Danny must decide who, if anyone, is responsible for Christina’s death and what he’s going to do about it.

Suspect: Sunday 19th – Wednesday 22nd June, 9pm, Channel 4


ITVX announces line-up ahead of Autumn launch

As we’ve reported before, ITV is rebranding its streaming service to ITVX, with an autumn launch.

Now we know some of the treats on there, including crime drama.

First-run dramas will appear on the streamer for at least six months before making their debut on ITV channels, including the hotly anticipated Cold War drama A Spy Among Friends starring Damian Lewis and Guy Pearce. Four-part thriller Vicky McClure Without A Sin will also gets its premiere on ITVX, alongside David Tennant true-crime series Litvinenko.

Also ready to go in period true-crime drama, Stonehouse, starring Matthew Macfadyen and Keeley Hawes. The three-part drama tells the story of the life and times of disgraced Labour minister John Stonehouse.

ITVX launches in late 2022.

The Bay season 4: ITV confirms start of production

ITV has confirmed series four of The Bay has started production.

Furthermore, the channel has also released early plotlines.

The fourth series sees Marsha Thomason reprise her role as Morecambe CID’s Family Liaison Officer, DS Jenn Townsend. Marsha stars alongside series regulars Daniel Ryan, Erin Shanagher, Thomas Law and Andrew Dowbiggin. The series also sees the return of Barry Sloane, Georgia Scholes, David Carpenter and Emme Haynes.
In terms of plot, ITV says: “When young mum of four, Beth Metcalf, dies in what seems to be a targeted attack, Morecambe’s MIU team are called to the scene. Jenn immediately realises this shattered family will need every support available to them.  Bereft husband Dean finds himself at sea. Numb from shock and completely unprepared for being the sole carer to his four children he struggles at every turn – unable to process what’s happened.
“As Jenn, Manning, and the team dig deeper into the case, they discover secrets and lies lurk beneath every surface.
Joining the new series as guest cast are Joe Armstrong as Dean Metcalf. Claire Goose joins playing Chris Fischer’s ex-wife Jacqui, along with Ian Puleston-Davies, Karl Davies and Christopher Coghill. Tom Taylor, Eloise Thomas, Will Oldfield and Ella Smith will star as the Metcalf’s four children.

More news as we get it.