Above Suspicion On ITV1

Kelly Reilly plays Lynda La Plante’s new heroine. Acclaimed actor Ciarán Hinds stars as her boss, the volatile Detective Chief Inspector Langton.

Jason Durr stars as the prime suspect. Shaun Dingwall and Daniel Caltagirone play the murder squad detectives. The cast also includes John Savident, Michelle Holmes and Amanda Lawrence.

Anna Travis has been assigned to her first murder case – a gruesome series of killings that has shocked even the most hardened of detectives. The murders started eight years ago, and now the body count is up to six. The method of killing is identical, and the victims are all drug-users and prostitutes.

Then a seventh body is found. The modus operandi is the same, but the victim is a young student.

Determined to earn recognition from her boss, the brusque Detective Chief Inspector Langton, and the respect of her male colleagues, Anna works hard to find a vital piece of information which links one man to the murders.

The suspect is Alan Daniels, a much-loved actor on the brink of international stardom. His arrest would create media frenzy. But if he is found innocent Anna’s hard fought for reputation would be destroyed.

Lynda La Plante is the creator and writer of a string of critically acclaimed and ratings winning crime dramas including Prime Suspect, Widows, The Governor, The Commander and Trial and Retribution.

Lynda says, “It is very exciting, this is the first time that one of my books has been adapted for the UK screen and I am thrilled.”

Kelly Reilly says she briefly contemplated following in her father’s footsteps into a career in the police force, just like her character in Above Suspicion. “My dad was a copper in Brixton for many many years so he definitely knows the rough side of the job. I very much soaked that in as a kid growing up – that it was a very tough, demanding job.”

Ciarán who plays Detective Chief Inspector James Langton welcomed the opportunity to play such a ruthless character.

“It is strange because it is not my usual sort of role. I usually play characters who move around a bit more, asking if everyone is OK. But in Above Suspicion I stomp into offices and order people around. It is quite intense.”

Sunday, 4 January 2009, 9:00PM – 10:30PM