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The Long Call

  • Episode:

    1 of 4

  • Transmission (TX):

    Mon 25 Oct 2021

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 43 2021 : Sat 23 Oct - Fri 29 Oct

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  • Published:

    Wed 13 Oct 2021

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The Long Call

Series overview

The Long Call follows Detective Inspector Matthew Venn, who has returned to live in a small community in North Devon with his husband. It’s a place Matthew walked away from 20 years ago, after being rejected by his family who are part of the area’s Barum Brethren community.
We meet Matthew outside the local church as his father's funeral takes place. Now he's back, in the place where it all began, not just to grieve for his father but to lead a shocking murder investigation. A body has been found on the beach - a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck - he’s been stabbed to death. Matthew and his colleagues, Jen and Ross, have a task on their hands: they must unlock a case with no witness, no forensics and no motive.
As Matthew and his team search for clues, we are introduced to members of the North Devon community, including the Barum Brethren community. Matthew must face up to the painful memories he left behind as he grapples with a case that starts to divide friends, family and a community who are searching for answers.
The pressure mounts when the case takes an unexpected turn. Matthew must bring to light the extent of the web of mystery and lies which is suffocating the various communities.
Who else's life could be at risk? Could Matthew himself be in danger? Matthew must learn to overcome the shame his upbringing taught him and truly put the past behind him in order to finally get to the bottom of the case and call this place home.

Episode 1

A body is found on a beach in North Devon. A man with the tattoo of an albatross around his neck; he’s been stabbed to death. DI Matthew Venn and his team, Detective Jen Rafferty and DC Ross Edwards, search for a way into a case that has no witnesses, no forensics and no motive. Matthew is also dealing with the recent death of his father and the complications of being thrust back into a community he was forced to leave. As he tries to make a new home with his husband, his mother, a strict member of the Christian Brethren community, refuses to put the past behind them after years of estrangement. It’s a painful new beginning for Matthew; his husband, Jonathan, is keen to support him but Matthew is determined not to allow the past to distract him from the investigation.

The Detectives must establish how a man with very few connections to the area ended up brutally killed. Putting the pieces of the victim’s life together exposes unlikely coincidences and shines a spotlight on a group unwittingly bound together by secrets that have long been buried. Will Matthew and his team be able to convince certain people to talk?

Matthew is also pulled further back into the Brethren community, at first, by the surprising warmth of Church Elder Dennis Stephenson and his timid wife Grace, and then by a shocking and unexpected turn in the case. Matthew finds himself thrust back into the religious community that rejected him, whilst attempting to confront an unresolved past that he, in truth, has never been able to let go of.