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The Loch

  • Episode: 

    2 of 6

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sun 18 Jun 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 25 2017 : Sat 17 Jun - Fri 23 Jun
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Episode 2
Under the cover of dawn, college principal Craig Petrie throws the phone he took from Niall Swift’s dead body into Loch Ness.
Annie is disappointed to be off the case but considering the horrific nature of it, husband Alan is relieved. Annie’s mood is further dented when a plane ticket arrives. Her 18-year-old daughter Evie is going to Australia in two weeks. Annie isn’t emotionally ready to let her go.
Meanwhile, Ken Patterson, owner of the local abattoir, clashes with his son Jonjo over the Loch Ness Monster stunt. Jonjo takes to his room and later films Dr Marr delivering a suspicious bag to one of the abattoir workers. Jonjo sends the footage to Evie and Kieran, texting again later that day to say he has further information on Dr Marr that could put him in jail. Jonjo then tosses away his bipolar medication, heads out and goes missing. Wracked with worry for their son, Ken and his mother, local probation officer Nicole, report him missing to their friend DCI Smilie. 
Forensic psychologist Blake Albrighton believes if they find the owner of the heart it will lead to the killer.
DCI Quigley makes questioning Leighton Thomas a priority. Leighton was previously convicted of a serious crime in his younger years. He moved to Lochnafoy four years ago on licence. Leighton has an alibi for Swift’s murder, Annie believes Leighton has turned his life around but Quigley is less than convinced.  Leighton starts to act strangely and, could this mean he was involved in the recent tragic events. 
In other lines of enquiry, Annie learns that Marr argued with Swift the day of his death. Quigley and Albrighton interview Petrie. Quigley goes through the statement he gave at the station the previous day and notes the woman, whose phone he used to call an ambulance, thinks she saw him bending over Swift’s body and put something in his bag. Petrie lies, claiming it was his own phone. 
Annie’s local knowledge leads her to a grim discovery and meanwhile we witness Bea secretly sedating Kieran’s brother Jordan.
On their way to meet Jonjo, Evie and Kieran are almost killed when a vehicle runs them off road. The danger in the town is growing.
Quigley has a breakthrough which hopefully brings the team one step closer to discovering who the killer is.
Series overview
The beautiful, haunting shores of Scotland’s most iconic loch is the stunning backdrop for new six-part drama The Loch.
Acclaimed actors Laura Fraser (Houdini and Doyle, The Missing, Peter & Wendy), Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley, Benidorm, Downton Abbey) and John Sessions (Upstart Crow, Florence Foster Jenkins, The Rack Pack) will take leading roles in the new series alongside Don Gilet (Brief Encounters, Holby City, EastEnders), Gray O'Brien (The Daniel Connection, Titanic: Blood and Steel, Coronation Street) and William Ash (The Tunnel, Moving On, Death in Paradise).
In a community nourished and sustained by myth and bordered by untamed nature, the search for a serial killer becomes a matter of life and death for local detective Annie Redford who is trying to cope with her first murder case. When the body of local man Niall Swift is found at the foot of Carn Mohr Mountain and an isolated human heart on the loch shore, the town’s normality is shattered and the nightmare begins.  Chillingly, the beautiful scenery, undulating Highlands and vast expansive loch becomes a character in it’s own right adding a haunting depth to the community’s plight.
Written by Stephen Brady (Fortitude, Vera, Silent Witness) and overseen by ITV Studios Creative Director for Drama and Executive Producer Tim Haines (Beowulf, Primeval, Sinbad), The Loch will introduce Annie and her family – husband Alan, a tour boat operator on the loch and their only child Evie, who at 18, is about to leave home for Australia.  The Redford’s are an ordinary loving family with an ordinary set of problems, yet the pressure of a murder investigation will undermine their stability and create tensions that threaten to disrupt and destroy their lives together.
Within the tightly knit community, several local characters will come under suspicion as the monster lurking in their midst begins to terrify and rock the village to its core. Forensic profiler, Blake Albrighton, will assist on the case offering insights borne from the last four cases he’s helped crack with his distinctive way of working.
The Loch has been commissioned by ITV’s Controller of Drama Victoria Fea and Head of Drama Series Jane Hudson.