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Joanna Scanlan, Hugh Dennis, Caroline Catz, Freddie Fox and Michele Dotrice join the cast of ITV’s McDonald & Dodds

Joanna Scanlan, Hugh Dennis, Caroline Catz, Freddie Fox and Michele Dotrice join the cast of ITV’s McDonald & Dodds


Filming has commenced on the second episode of ITV’s new contemporary crime drama McDonald & Dodds, starring Jason Watkins (The Crown, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, W1A) and Tala Gouveia (Cold Feet), and produced by Mammoth Screen, part of ITV Studios.


They will be joined by BAFTA Award nominees Joanna Scanlan (No Offence, The Thick Of It) and Hugh Dennis (Fleabag, Outnumbered), alongside Michele Dotrice (Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, A Very English Scandal), Caroline Catz (Doc Martin, DCI Banks), Freddie Fox (The Three Musketeers, Watership Down) and Kiran Sonia Sawar (Black Mirror, Next Of Kin).


Set in Bath, McDonald & Dodds has been created and written by screenwriter, Robert Murphy (lead writer on DCI Banks). The first outing will be made up of two 1x120’ crime mysteries investigated by unlikely British duo - the ambitious DCI McDonald (Tala Gouveia) and the shy, modest DS Dodds (Jason Watkins) - who are thrown together to form a rumbustious yet effective partnership. 


Joanna Scanlan will play Kelly Mulcreevy, the Director of private clinic, The Mara Retreat, with Hugh Dennis as the facility’s CEO. Treating patients with a range of disorders, the exclusive hospital comes under scrutiny when one of the patients is unexpectedly found dead in her room.


Determined to get to the bottom of the crime, the clinic’s patients are all individually investigated by DCI McDonald and DS Dodds, including sex addict Alison (Caroline Catz), gambling addict Mary (Michele Dotrice), drug addict Miles (Freddie Fox) and Maheeda (Kiran Sonia Sawar) who suffers from social anxiety. Suzanne Packer (Keeping Faith, The ABC Murders) and Charlotte Ritchie (Call The Midwife, Fresh Meat) also feature in the episode.


The newly-announced cast members follow Robert Lindsay Bounty Hunters, Maleficent), Ellie Kendrick (Game Of Thrones, Press), Susannah Fielding (This Time With Alan Partridge, High & Dry), Rosalie Craig (Endeavour, Lovesick) and Navin Chowdhry (Next Of Kin, Doctor Foster), who have previously been confirmed to star in the first episode of the drama series.


McDonald & Dodds will be executive produced by Robert Murphy and by Preethi Mavahalli and Damien Timmer for Mammoth, and filmed on location in the west country. Amy Thurgood produces, whilst Richard Senior directs the first episode and Laura Scrivano the second. ITV’s Drama Commissioner, Huw Kennair Jones, will oversee production of the drama from the channel’s perspective. ITV Studios Global Entertainment will distribute McDonald & Dodds internationally.


Mammoth Screen is one of the UK’s leading production companies. Current and forthcoming shows include POLDARK series 5, WORLD ON FIRE, THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, THE PALE HORSE, NOUGHTS AND CROSSES and THE SERPENT for BBC One and Netflix, ENDEAVOUR series 7 and THE SINGAPORE GRIP for ITV.