ITV has announced further cast for its upcoming new detective drama McDonald & Dodds.
First announced in July, the series of feature length crime mysteries will feature two intriguing stories in its first outing.
McDonald & Dodds, originally called Invisible, is created and written by screenwriter, Robert Murphy (lead writer on DCI Banks).
McDonald & Dodds will follow crime mysteries investigated by unlikely British duo - the wildly ambitious DCI McDonald and the shy, modest DS Dodds - who are thrown together to form a rumbustious yet effective partnership.
Set in Bath, each episode will take viewers into a new story world - from a greed-fueled murder in the upper echelons of Bath society to an unexplained death in a private hospital for recovering addicts. With a classic crime story at its heart, McDonald & Dodds combines intriguing plots and the journey of two 'fish-out-of-water' detectives with warmth and humour.
Jason Watkins (The Crown, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, W1A) and Tala Gouveia (Cold Feet) were previously announced in the lead roles as DS Dodds and DCI McDonald respectively.
Joining the cast of the first episode will be BAFTA, Tony and Olivier Award winning stage and screen actor Robert Lindsay (Bounty Hunters, Maleficent). He will star as entrepreneur and multi-millionaire, Max Crockett.
He will appear alongside Ellie Kendrick (Game Of Thrones, Press), Susannah Fielding (This Time With Alan Partridge, High & Dry) and Rosalie Craig (Endeavour, Lovesick) as his daughters Elenora, Tamara and Megan.
Navin Chowdhry (Next Of Kin, Doctor Foster) and Jack Ashton (Call The Midwife, Broadchurch) have also been cast as son-in-laws Pete and Jack, with Cassie Bradley (Coronation Street, Torvill & Dean) as daughter-in-law Kasha.
Age Before Beauty and Primeval star James Murray also joins the cast as Superintendent John Houseman, alongside Pearl Chanda (Motherland, Endeavour) as DC Laura Simpson and Jack Riddiford (Poldark, Murder On The Orient Express) as DC Darren Craig. Natalie Mendoza (Hotel Babylon) and Roger Evans (Da Vinci’s Demons) will also feature in the first episode.
They will be joined by BAFTA Award nominees Joanna Scanlan (No Offence, The Thick Of It) and Hugh Dennis (Fleabag, Outnumbered), alongside Michele Dotrice (Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, A Very English Scandal), Caroline Catz (Doc Martin, DCI Banks), Freddie Fox (The Three Musketeers, Watership Down) and Kiran Sonia Sawar (Black Mirror, Next Of Kin).
Joanna Scanlan will play Kelly Mulcreevy, the Director of private clinic, The Mara Retreat, with Hugh Dennis as the facility’s CEO. Treating patients with a range of disorders, the exclusive hospital comes under scrutiny when one of the patients is unexpectedly found dead in her room.
Determined to get to the bottom of the crime, the clinic’s patients are all individually investigated by DCI McDonald and DS Dodds, including sex addict Alison (Caroline Catz), gambling addict Mary (Michele Dotrice), drug addict Miles (Freddie Fox) and Maheeda (Kiran Sonia Sawar) who suffers from social anxiety. Suzanne Packer (Keeping Faith, The ABC Murders) and Charlotte Ritchie (Call The Midwife, Fresh Meat) also feature in the episode.
McDonald & Dodds will air on ITV in 2020.