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The Loch

  • Episode: 

    4 of 6

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Sun 02 Jul 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    9.30pm - 10.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 27 2017 : Sat 01 Jul - Fri 07 Jul
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Episode 4
As Annie becomes more entrenched in the investigation, Alan feels increasingly marginalised and their relationship begins to suffer. 
College Principal Craig Petrie is questioned as the main person of interest. Petrie is connected to both victims, but he also throws doubt on Leighton’s alibi during the time of the murder and Annie is forced to investigate. Other lines of enquiry include the stolen van in which the body was found. When a hair is discovered in the van, one not belonging to the victim, the hunt to find the driver escalates…
As evidence mounts against Petrie, Quigley agrees to allow Albrighton into the interview to help crack Petrie’s composure. But things take a downward spiral when Petrie turns the tables on Albrighton, goading him about a personal tragedy. Albrighton assaults Petrie leaving Quigley with no choice but to release the prisoner. 
Leighton Thomas awkwardly accommodates an animated Oliver Tench who, having seen Leighton interviewed on TV, sought him out. It soon becomes apparent Tench was an accessory to the murders Leighton committed. Leighton is on tenterhooks and agitated. If they are seen together, they’ll both go back to prison. We realise Tench thinks Leighton is responsible for the recent murders. 
When Annie calls round for a probation meeting with Leighton, Tench hides close by with a kitchen knife. Leighton knows he must get rid of Tench but feels deep guilt towards him and their previous lives together. He offers Tench money to turn his life around. Wounded by Leighton’s rejection Tench gets drunk and burns the money. He’s in a volatile state and jealous of Alan’s friendship with Leighton. 
Meanwhile, Jordan’s recovery from locked-in syndrome has accelerated and Bea finds him wandering in the street. Bea again medicates him before anyone can discover he is awake.
Annie’s faith in Leighton is destroyed when she finds further information out about him. 
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.