ITV Renews ‘The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher’

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19th Century detective Jack Whicher is returning to ITV.

The commercial broadcaster has picked up a third run of the drama which stars Paddy Considine and is produced by indie Hat Trick Productions. For this, the show’s third run, ITV has ordered a further 2 two-hour films. Production on the two new stories begins in April and wil continue through May on location in Central London, Kent, Wiltshire and Hertfordshire.

The two new films, titled Beyond The Pale and ‘Till Death Do Us Part, will see Jack Whicher pursuing his new found role as a private inquiry agent. Both are being written by award-winning playwright Helen Edmundson. While Endeavour helmer Geoff Sax and Bert & Dickie helmer David Blair are attached to direct. The executive producer is Hat Trick’s Head of Drama Mark Redhead.

“We’re delighted with the new Whicher scripts from Helen Edmundson”, said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, who commissioned the two new films. “Paddy Considine is an extraordinary actor who brilliantly portrays Whicher’s complexities, depth and vulnerability.”

While Executive Producer Mark Redhead added: “Jack Whicher left the Metropolitan Police under a cloud. These films see him on a fascinating personal journey as he rebuilds himself both professionally and psychologically, handling the kind of cases the police would not take, cases that are highly sensitive and personal and which touch him very deeply. This is a fascinating grey area far away from the black and white world of the Metropolitan Police, and a rich territory for drama”.