Martin Clunes' well-received crime drama Manhunt will be back for a second season on ITV.
Polly Hill, ITV's Head of Drama, confirmed the news today (November 10) that Clunes is returning as real-life former London Metropolitan Police detective DCI Colin Sutton for a new story based on a real case.
Manhunt II: The Night Stalker will see DCI Sutton hunting a notorious serial rapist who targeted elderly people in south east London over a period of 17 years.
The perpetrator was arrested in 2009 and in 2011 was sentenced to a minimum of 27 years in prison.
The first season of Manhunt followed DCI Sutton's investigation into the murder of French student Amélie Delagrange, who was found dead by a member of the public on Twickenham Green in 2004.
Delagrange had been killed by serial killer Levi Bellfield, who was also later linked to the murder of Marsha McDonnell in 2003 and the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler in 2002. Bellfield is now serving a life sentence.
The series was the highest rated new drama on any channel during 2019 and attracted praise for Clunes' portrayal of DCI Sutton from viewers and critics.
The new four-part season is written by Ed Whitmore, who wrote the first season of Manhunt and has also worked on the likes of Silent Witness and Strike Back, with the show being based on the diaries of the real Colin Sutton. Philippa Braithwaite is executive producing, while Marc Evans is directing the show.
"We are very pleased that ITV have given us the opportunity to dramatise another important case that Colin Sutton was involved in just before his retirement from the Force," said Braithwaite.
"This inquiry has a very different emphasis to the Bellfield case; the victims were elderly and the crimes were unsolved for many years. The drama explores how Colin came late to the inquiry and helped solve it in a matter of weeks, taking an incredibly dangerous serial rapist off the streets."
Filming for Manhunt II has already begun, with the new episodes expected to air in 2021.
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