Martin Clunes To Star In New ITV True Crime Drama ‘Manhunt’
ITV has commissioned a new drama starring Martin Clunes (‘Doc Martin’, ‘Men Behaving Badly’) they’ve announced today, based on the memoirs of former London Metropolitan police detective DCI Colin Sutton.
‘Manhunt‘ has been written by Ed Whitmore (‘Silent Witness’, ‘Rillington Place’, ‘Strike Back’) and is the real-life story of how the murder of French National, Amelie Delagrange, on Twickenham Green in August 2004 was eventually linked to the murders of Marsha McDonnell in 2003 and the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler as she travelled home from school in 2002.
Walking home following a night out with friends, 22 years old Amelie was savagely attacked and struck several times on the back of the head with a hammer.
Although relatively experienced in murder investigation, DCI Sutton (played by Clunes) was assigned to the case by London’s Metropolitan Police. Hard working and instinctive, Sutton dedicated himself to finding Amelie’s killer. With very little evidence, his painstaking approach and the diligence of his fellow officers gradually led to breakthroughs in the case.
Not to be underestimated, Sutton never ruled out similarities to the murders of Marsha McDonnell and Milly Dowler in the same southwest corner of London despite superior officers refusing to make the connection.
“ITV has a strong tradition of bringing these important true stories to screen, so we are proud to commission Manhunt from Buffalo Pictures,” comments ITV’s Head of Drama, Polly Hill. “With the full co-operation of ex DCI Colin Sutton, Manhunt dramatises his fight to find Amelie’s killer, Levi Bellfield. It is a powerful, compelling script from Ed Whitmore, which illustrates how a dedicated and resilient police officer was determined to leave no stone unturned. I am delighted that Martin Clunes is to play Colin Sutton, in what will be a powerful and unmissable performance.”
‘Manhunt‘ will be directed by Marc Evans (‘Trauma’, ‘Safe House’, ‘Hinterland’) and produced by Philippa Braithwaite (‘Doc Martin’, ‘Arthur & George’). Filming will begin in the London area in March 2018.