ITV's Innocent returning for series 2 with Katherine Kelly

Naomi Gordon
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Photo credit: ©joseharo - Netflix
Photo credit: ©joseharo - Netflix

From Good Housekeeping

ITV's Innocent is returning for a second series starring Katherine Kelly as a former teacher hellbent on clearing her name after being accused of murder.

The four-part drama, from Unforgotten creator Chris Lang, is back after the success of series one, which starred Lee Ingleby as a husband picking up the pieces of his life after having his conviction for murdering his wife overturned.

Series two will follow a similar format, featuring Kelly as teacher Sally Wright at the centre of a miscarriage of justice after serving five years in prison for a crime she didn't commit: the frenzied murder of 16-year-old pupil Matty, with whom she was alleged to be having a sexual relationship.

Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images

Fresh evidence emerges which exonerates Sally, but her marriage to probation officer Sam (Jamie Bamber) is over, she's lost her job as Head of English at her local comprehensive, and her mother is now in the grips dementia, and unable to recognise her.

Sally aims to rebuild her reputation and restart her career - but first and foremost, she is determined to find the real killer of Matty, assisting DCI Michael Braithwaite (Shaun Dooley) as he re-investigates the case.

Criminal and Liar II star Kelly said of the role: "I'm thrilled to be working on this complex and thrilling drama by Matt Arlidge and Chris Lang. I look forward to bringing the mix of Sally’s fragility and quiet strength to life."

The cast also includes Priyanga Burford (Press), Amy-Leigh Hickman (Our Girl), Lucy Black (Gentleman Jack), Michael Yare (Game of Thrones), Andrew Tiernan (Marcella), Nadia Albina (Years and Years), Poppy Miller (Line of Duty), Janine Wood (Silent Witness), Laura Rollins (Doctors), and Michael Stevenson (Casualty).

Innocent will return to ITV this summer.

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