New ITV drama Innocent begins tonight and from the cast to first spoilers, here's all you need to know.
Innocent is a new four-part contemporary drama series written by acclaimed writers Chris Lang and Matt Arlidge.
Airing nightly from 9PM this evening on ITV, the drama series tells the compelling story of David Collins (Lee Ingleby) who is living a nightmare.
Convicted of murdering his wife Tara, David has served seven years in prison. He’s lost everything he held dear: his wife, his two children and even the house he owned. He’s always protested his innocence and faces the rest of his life behind bars. His situation couldn’t be more desperate.
Despised by his wife’s family and friends, his only support has been his faithful brother Phil (Daniel Ryan) who has stood by him, sacrificing his own career and livelihood to mount a tireless campaign to prove his brother’s innocence.
The Innocent cast stars Hermione Norris and Lee Ingleby.
They are joined by an exciting ensemble cast including Daniel Ryan (Home Fires, Mount Pleasant), Angel Coulby (Merlin, The Tunnel), Nigel Lindsay (Victoria, Foyle’s War), Elliot Cowan (Da Vinci’s Demons, Frankenstein Chronicles) and Adrian Rowlins (Harry Potter, Dickensian).
David Collins (Lee Ingleby) is unexpectedly acquitted on a technicality having served seven years of a life sentence for the murder of his wife Tara. On the steps of the court he vows to bring to book those who lied at his original trial, to see the real killer jailed and more importantly, to regain custody of his two young children Jack and Rosie.
The verdict is a terrible shock to Tara’s sister, Alice (Hermione Norris) and her husband Rob (Adrian Rawlins). Unable to conceive, together they have raised the kids as their own and they are precious beyond belief to both of them. The verdict is also a blow to DI Will Beech (Nigel Lindsay).
Will was the original investigating officer and he is angered by the inference that his investigation was flawed …he absolutely believes that David killed his wife. Finally, the verdict seems extremely troublesome to Dr. Tom Wilson (Elliot Cowan).
However, for David’s brother Phil (Daniel Ryan) it is a triumphal moment. For seven years he has campaigned tirelessly and selflessly to free his brother. Now penniless and struggling for money, David is forced to accept the charity and hospitality of his brother.
DI Beech is immediately suspended from the new investigation and is replaced by DI Cathy Hudson (Angel Coulby) who, unknown to her commanding officer, is in a relationship with Beech. As he enquiry gains pace and inconsistencies are unearthed, it things become increasingly awkward for them both.
In Episode 2 on Tuesday, as DI Hudson’s new investigation unearths serious flaws in the original murder investigation, those who were closest to Tara are forced to explain away credible motives for wanting to kill her.
Innocent airs at 9PM Monday-Thursday on ITV this week.