Martin Clunes returns to ITV as Chief Inspector Colin Sutton

Martin Clunes will once again star as former London Metropolitan Police Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton in brand new crime series Manhunt The Night Stalker.

The drama premiers on ITV on Monday 20 September following an extensive Bristol shoot supported by the city’s Film Office last year.

The old Bank of England building next to St Mary le Port Church on Bridge Street in Bristol was transformed into a London police station for the gripping four-part drama, whilst numerous other city locations were also used, including A Bond Warehouse on Bristol’s Floating Harbour, the Lord Mayor’s Reception Room in City Hall, and a host of residential streets in the Stoke Bishop, Westbury on Trym, Easton, St Paul’s, Henbury and Knowle areas.* Exterior filming took place at locations including Berkeley Square, Victoria Street, the railway arches on Stapleton Road, Wine Street near Castle Park, Knowle Cricket Club and Henleaze Junior School, whilst driving sequences were shot along St Phillips Causeway and the Gloucester Road.

 “Although Manhunt The Night Stalker is set in suburban South London, we decided to move the majority of our shoot to Bristol, with a few days at the end for some key London shots. It proved to be an extremely good decision. We started filming in mid-October 2020, when the Covid figures were rising again after the summer, and continued in Bristol right through until Christmas.  Bristol went into Tier 3 during our shoot and we ended the Bristol shoot with all the government’s changes of plans over what was allowed for Christmas itself. Not an easy time to be working in close proximity to a large group of fellow professionals.” – Jo Willett, Producer

The sequel to ITV’s critically acclaimed Manhunt, which followed the police pursuit of serial killer Levi Bellfield, Manhunt The Night Stalker is based on the diaries of Colin Sutton and documents the true story of the police investigation of a series of rapes, sexual assaults and burglaries which took place in South East London between 1992 and 2009.

A dedicated unit, Operation Minstead, was established to hunt down the notorious serial burglar and rapist, known as the Night Stalker, whose 17-year reign of terror left thousands of elderly people living in fear.

Manhunt The Night Stalker; on location at Bristol’s Stapleton Road as it doubles for London. (ITV)

“Bristol Film Office were extremely helpful and we were able to agree a key location, the old Bank of England building in the city centre, very early. Here our design team created a composite police station set. This meant that for three weeks of our shoot we were away from members of the public, in our own large interior space. Before that we had to film in various locations around the city, often at night, but moving between locations was far easier than it would have been in London, and without exception we found location owners helpful and understanding. ” – Jo Willett, Producer

As the suspect continued to evade capture, DCI Colin Sutton was asked in 2009 to review the case. Working with Detective Superintendent Simon Morgan and the Minstead team, the tenacious detective proposed a strategy he believed could catch one of Britain’s most prolific rapists, focusing a vast surveillance operation around a key area of south east London. Scores of additional officers were deployed to invisibly saturate the target area on a nightly basis. The clock was ticking, as the Night Stalker was becoming ever more brazen and prolific.

Manhunt The Night Stalker is devised by Colin Sutton and Ed Whitmore. The drama is written by Ed Whitmore who also wrote the first series of Manhunt, which told the real-life story of how the murder of Amelie Delagrange on Twickenham Green in 2004 was eventually linked to the murder of Marsha McDonnell in 2003 and the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler in 2002.

“It was a pleasure to assist Buffalo Pictures with the filming of Manhunt The Night Stalker last year. Big dramas like this bring much needed jobs for Bristol’s strong crew base, which was in greater need than ever of new projects to work on when this shoot began in October, following the challenges of the preceding months caused by the pandemic. Filming also generates benefits for businesses in other parts of the local economy, for example hospitality, catering and transport. We were pleased to help the team find the best locations that suited their needs, to help them safely contain their cast and crew and carry out a Covid-safe shoot with protocols in place.”- Senior Bristol Film Officer Natalie Moore

Produced by Buffalo Pictures for ITV Drama. Manhunt The Night Stalker begins on ITV on Monday 20th September at 9pm.

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