ITV is adapting crime novel The Long Call by Vera creator: Plot, cast, air date

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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ITV has announced a new crime drama The Long Call, adapted from Vera creator Ann Cleeves' best-selling novel of the same title.

The four-part series, written by Des screenwriter Kelly Jones, is described as a character-led crime drama driven by a flawed protagonist, Detective Inspector Matthew Venn, who has returned to live in a small community in North Devon with his husband, Jonathan.

Cleeves created Shetland and the long-running detective drama Vera, based on her Vera Stanhope series of novels, and starring Brenda Blethyn.

ITV's head of drama Polly Hill said: "I'm delighted that ITV is working with Silverprint Pictures to bring another of Ann's brilliant novels to screen.

"It's very different to Vera, but I think audiences will take to DI Matthew Venn and this compelling story in the same way. Kelly has written a wonderful adaptation and this promises to be a really distinctive and original new crime series."

The Long Call plot

ITV's synopsis reads: "We first meet the reserved, but intense Matthew Venn outside the local church as his father's funeral takes place. Sadly, the day Matthew turned his back on the strict evangelical community in which he grew up, he lost his family too.

"Now he's back, not just to mourn his father at a distance, but to take charge of his first major murder. A body has been found on the beach near to Matthew's new home: a man with the tattoo of an albatross on his neck, has been stabbed to death. Through Venn and his team's investigation, we are introduced to a wonderfully rich ensemble of characters, in a compelling crime story which captures the stark beauty of the North Devon coastline, and a community where murder and intrigue bubble beneath the surface."

The Long Call cast

As the series has only just been commissioned by ITV, the cast has yet to be confirmed.

The Long Call air date

Production has yet to get underway, so we can probably expect an air date towards the end of 2021.

The Long Call with air on ITV.

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