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The Loch

  • Episode: 

    3 of 6

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sun 25 Jun 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.00pm
  • Week: 

    Week 26 2017 : Sat 24 Jun - Fri 30 Jun
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Episode 3
The police hold an appeal about the missing person and anxiety is exacerbated by the fact that person suffers from bipolar disorder and has neglected his medication. DCI Smilie insists his disappearance is not linked to the murder of Niall Swift and dismisses rumours regarding the discovery of a human heart. Blake Albrighton however hijacks the press conference throwing it into chaos by stating the heart and murder of Niall Swift are connected and that they should be looking for a serial killer. Smilie is enraged.
In the investigation, the police are straddling two horses. Alongside the murder case, they have to investigate the disappearance. Annie and Quigley interview Dr Marr. It’s clear he has something to hide. 
Meanwhile, forensics conclude the same bag must have been used to transport the heart and the sliver of Swift’s brain, ergo the same person is connected to both body parts, Albrighton was right, they are dealing with a serial killer. 
After some persuading from Kieran, Evie shows her mum the text from Jonjo regarding Dr Marr and tells Annie about being run off the road the previous evening. 
A determined Evie later takes matters into her own hands and her suspicions around Marr escalate and she’s not going to let anything go. 
The police organise a town meeting. The purpose is dual: to inform the townsfolk about the investigation, but everyone who comes in has to fill in a form. The police hope to get a match for the handwriting on the newspaper.
The plan works and they find a match.  As the person is lead away an unexpected discovery outside the village hall brings the episode to a shocking close.
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.