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Innocent

  • Episode:

    1

  • Title:

    Series 2

  • Transmission (TX):

    Mon 17 May 2021

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 20 2021 : Sat 15 May - Fri 21 May

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Wed 05 May 2021

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Innocent

This new four-part drama broadcasts over four consecutive nights: Monday 17 May to Thursday 20 May inclusive at 9pm on ITV.

Series overview

When Matty is found dead, brutally stabbed with a broken cider bottle, suspicion falls upon teacher Sally Wright who had admitted to taking special interest in the boy. In spite of having no criminal record, no history of violence and vehemently protesting her innocence and the fact she couldn’t be placed at the remote beauty spot on the day Matty was found murdered, Sally was convicted by a majority verdict and sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in jail.

The new four-part series opens with Sally in the dock of Carlisle Crown Court, steely and determined to prove her innocence and that she’s been the victim of a terrible miscarriage of justice. As she waits for the jury to deliver on her appeal, Sally contemplates how she’s lost everything she holds dear. Her relationship, home and marriage to Probation Officer, Sam, her job as Head of English at a local comprehensive, her status and good name in the community, and personal contact with her aging mother who now lives in a care home.

When the forewoman pronounces Sally is ‘not guilty’ of the crime which has destroyed her life her first thoughts are for Matty and his parents, John and Maria Taylor, who are still living their nightmare.

Hell-bent on reclaiming some of her life, Sally sets out to help the police seek answers and find the real killer. DCI Michael Braithwaite, returning to work after a period of absence, is charged with re-investigating the case and is determined to discover the true identity of Matty’s killer. 

Episode 1 - Monday 17 May at 9pm on ITV

Matthew Taylor, a 16-year-old school boy was brutally murdered in the quiet Lake District.  Five years later the accused is found not guilty and released from prison, but who did kill him?

Episode 2 - Tuesday 18 May at 9pm on ITV

As Sally begins a confident return to work, the police question Anna Stamp - what is she hiding, and more importantly what are Matthew’s parents covering up? Karen grows increasingly paranoid over Sally and Sam.

Episode 3 - Wednesday 19 May at 9pm on ITV

As Sally and Sam grow closer, the police investigation turns to Gary Walker, what is his connection? Bethany’s connection to Matthew comes to light as Karen admits a damning secret.       

Episode 4 - Thursday 20 May at 9pm on ITV

With Karen still in police custody, Bethany takes matters into her own hands - making a crucial discovery and forcing a confession. Braithwaite and his team continue their search for more evidence. Sam and Sally come to a decision.       

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Cast:

Sally Wright - KATHERINE KELLY
Sam Wright     - JAMIE BAMBER
DCI Mike Braithwaite - SHAUN DOOLEY
Karen     - PRIYANGA BURFORD
John Taylor     - ANDREW TIERNAN
Maria Taylor - LUCY BLACK
Anna Stamp - ELLIE RAWNSLEY
Bethany - AMY-LEIGH HICKMAN
DS Suzy Jones - LAURA ROLLINS
DC Dave Green - MICHAEL STEVENSON
DC Mia Hollins - JANINE WOOD
Jenny     - NADIA ALBINA
Emily - KRISSI BOHN
Supt Denham - POPPY MILLER
Mark - SCOTT CHAMBERS
Debbie Oram - ROSALYN WRIGHT
Building Society Cashier     - BONNIE ADAIR
Building Site Foreman - IAN KELSEY
Judge     - LENNY HAYDEN
Alf - MICHAEL YARE
Forewoman - WUESE HOUSTON-JIBO
First Juror - KATHARINE SIMMONS
Second Juror - RAHMAN TELLIAM