Dougray Scott to return as Ray Lennox in Crime

Dougray Scott to reprise role in Crime for ITVX show credit:Bang Showbiz
Dougray Scott to reprise role in Crime for ITVX show credit:Bang Showbiz

Dougray Scott is to star in a second series of 'Crime'.

ITV has commissioned a second series of the gritty thriller show - which is adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh and produced by Bucaneer Media and Off Grid Film and TV - which will see Scott return as troubled detective Ray Lennox.

Season Two of 'Crime' will be one of the first shows to launch on ITV’s new streaming service ITVX only being broadcast on its linear channel months later as part of ITV’s digital-first strategy.

Season One was commissioned by BritBox and will have a free premiere on ITVX ahead of the second series launch.

Speaking about his return, Scott - who is also acting as executive producer - said: "Making 'Crime' has been one of the most exhilarating experiences of my career. I’m so grateful to get to work once again with the great Irvine Welsh, my wonderful producing partner Tony Wood and all at Buccaneer and ITV. I feel very fortunate."

Polly Hill - ITV's Head of Drama - added: "'Crime' was a brilliantly original series and a perfect fit for ITVX, where we want to showcase drama as distinctive and original as this police procedure from Irvine Welsh.

"The next chapter in Lennox’s story is just as bold and we look forward to introducing a new audience to 'Crime' when it comes onto ITVX next year. Huge thanks to the brilliance of Irvine Welsh, Dougray Scott and Buccaneer Media."

'Trainspotting' author Welsh and his long-standing screenwriting partner Dean Cavanagh are creating the scripts for the programme which will start shooting in Summer 2022.

Welsh, 63, said: "I loved working on the first season of 'Crime', and Dean Cavanagh and myself are already having a blast developing scripts for the second series. It was wonderful to work with such a talented cast and we hope to push those memorable characters further this time. No more Mister Nice Guy from Dean and I.”

Season 2 will see Lennox settled back into life with Edinburgh’s Serious Crimes team, having fully recovered from his breakdown after the toll of his last investigation.

When a high-ranking member of the establishment is found dead in a Leith warehouse, Lennox is thrown into a case which quickly reveals itself as the work of a serial killer. As victims mount up, Lennox realises these are anything but random. This is the work of a solitary killer with an axe to grind. Never far from his psychological turmoil, Lennox is pushed back towards his demons by this new case.