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Innocent

  • Episode: 

    1 of 4

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Mon 14 May 2018
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 20 2018 : Sat 12 May - Fri 18 May
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    New
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Series overview:
 
Lee Ingleby and Hermione Norris lead the cast of new ITV drama serial Innocent
 
Innocent is a new four-part contemporary drama series written by acclaimed writers Chris Lang and Matt Arlidge starring Hermione Norris and Lee Ingleby and produced by TXTV.
 
They are joined by an exciting ensemble cast including Daniel Ryan (Home Fires, Mount Pleasant), Angel Coulby (Merlin, The Tunnel), Nigel Lindsay (Victoria, Foyle’s War), Elliot Cowan (Da Vinci’s Demons, Frankenstein Chronicles) and Adrian Rowlins (Harry Potter, Dickensian).
 
The drama series tells the compelling story of David Collins (Lee Ingleby) who is living a nightmare.
 
Convicted of murdering his wife Tara, David has served seven years in prison. He’s lost everything he held dear: his wife, his two children and even the house he owned. He’s always protested his innocence and faces the rest of his life behind bars. His situation couldn’t be more desperate.
 
Despised by his wife’s family and friends, his only support has been his faithful brother Phil (Daniel Ryan) who has stood by him, sacrificing his own career and livelihood to mount a tireless campaign to prove his brother’s innocence.
 
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.
 
Note to editors
 
Innocent broadcasts Monday to Thursday. For fuller programme information each episode, email jo.blanket@itv.com
 
Ep1 - Monday 14 May - 9pm - 10pm
Ep2 - Tuesday 15 May - 9pm - 10pm
Ep3 - Wednesday 16 May - 9pm - 10pm
Ep4 - Thursday 17 May - 9pm - 10pm