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The Suspect

  • Episode:

    1 of 5

  • Transmission (TX):

    Mon 29 Aug 2022

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 35 2022 : Sat 27 Aug - Fri 02 Sep

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  • Published:

    Thu 18 Aug 2022

The Suspect

Series overview

Doctor Joe O’Loughlin, played by Aidan Turner, appears to have the perfect life – a devoted wife, a loving daughter, successful practice as a clinical psychologist, media profile and a publishing deal. He’s even a hero online after rescuing a young patient who was ready to jump from the tenth floor of the hospital where Joe works.

When a young woman is found in a shallow grave in a West London cemetery, veteran police officer DI Vincent Ruiz (Shaun Parkes) and his young partner DS Riya Devi (Anjli Mohindra) are assigned to the investigation. But has the young woman been murdered or is this a case of suicide?

As a successful author, Doctor Joe’s opinion is much sought after and when he meets DS Devi he’s only too willing to offer help with profiling and his expertise.

Now known for his risk-taking and rule-breaking does Joe have more to hide? His recent diagnosis with a degenerative condition could explain his behaviour. But as the investigation into the woman’s death gathers pace, we start to ask, do we know the real Joe, or does he have a secret life? And has his work as a clinical psychologist allowed him to develop a criminal mindset? Or worse?

Episode 1

Dr Joe O’Loughlin (Aidan Turner) is a psychologist with a successful private practice and a published book to his name. He also has a loving wife and a young daughter, but a recent life-changing medical diagnosis has thrown him off-balance, and Joe is feeling reckless.

DI Vince Ruiz (Shaun Parkes) is jaded after years of solving the kind of crimes that don’t make the headlines. When a young woman is found murdered, the unusual manner of her death prompts Ruiz’s new partner, DS Riya Devi (Anjli Mohindra), to suggest asking Joe for a professional opinion. They need to know what kind of person could commit a crime such as this.

Joe is shocked by the sight of the young woman’s body – is he just shaken by the brutality of the killing, or is there something he’s not telling the police?