Martin Clunes to return for second series of ITV's crime drama Manhunt

Naomi Gordon
·2-min read
Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

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Martin Clunes will be reprising his role as real-life former detective DCI Colin Sutton in a second series of critically-acclaimed crime drama Manhunt.

ITV has commissioned its sequel Manhunt II: The Night Stalker, a four-part drama telling the true-story of the police pursuit of a notorious serial rapist, whose 17 year reign of terror left thousands of elderly people in south east London living in fear.

It is adapted from the diaries of Colin Sutton.

The Doc Martin actor played ex-London Metropolitan Police detective Sutton in the original series, which followed his hunt for serial killer Levi Bellfield. The first series of Manhunt attracted an average audience of nine million viewers, and was the highest rated new drama on any channel during 2019.

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

Martin attracted acclaim for his portrayal of the dedicated detective.

Manhunt II The Night Stalker is written by Ed Whitmore, who wrote the first series of Manhunt, which told the real life story of how the murder of Amelie Delagrange on Twickenham Green in 2004 was eventually linked to the murder of Marsha McDonnell in 2003 and the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler as she travelled home from school in 2002.

Philippa Braithwaite, executive producer, said: "We are very pleased that ITV have given us the opportunity to dramatise another important case that Colin Sutton was involved in just before his retirement from the Force.

"This inquiry has a very different emphasis to the Bellfield case; the victims were elderly and the crimes were unsolved for many years. The drama explores how Colin came late to the inquiry and helped solve it in a matter of weeks, taking an incredibly dangerous serial rapist off the streets."

Commissioner Polly Hill added: "I'm delighted that Martin Clunes will play DCI Colin Sutton once again, taking on a case that had gone unsolved for almost two decades. The team behind the first Manhunt – Ed Whitmore, Marc Evans, along with Buffalo and Philippa Braithwaite – will make sure this is another compelling and respectful dramatisation of a truly shocking crime that affected so many families."

Filming of Manhunt II has commenced with transmission expected next year.

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