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Innocent

Published: Wed 02 May 2018

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Episode 1
 
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.
 
Tom’s ex-wife Louise (Christina Cole) coolly orders Tom to give her more money to pay for the upkeep of their children but we sense that an implicit threat lies behind her demand.
 
David, Alice and Rob independently seek legal advice regarding David’s custody claim. He wants his children back and is incensed to discover that the courts will take months to reach a judgement. Equally, Rob and Alice are determined to resist any attempt to grant access and the battle lines are drawn and both children are deeply upset at the prospect of their father regaining custody. 
 
When David went to jail he lost everything. His house was forfeit to his in-laws who used the proceeds from the estate to buy a new house for themselves, something large enough to accommodate Jack and Alice. 
 
As DI Cathy Hudson opens her new investigation she recruits a small dedicated team and asks to meet David. David reluctantly agrees and although Cathy tells David she still believes he is guilty, asks him to consider who else might have had a motive to murder Tara.
 
 
Continues...
 
Ep1 - Monday 14 May
Ep2 - Tuesday 15 May
Ep3 - Wednesday 16 May
Ep4 - Thursday 17 May