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Thriller ‘Malpractice’ to return to ITV


Thriller ‘Malpractice’ to return to ITV

ITV commissions second series of the drama, produced by World Productions and written by former NHS doctor Grace Ofori-Attah.

Critically acclaimed thriller, Malpractice has been recommissioned for a second series with Helen Behan and Jordan Kouamé reprising their roles as Dr Norma Callahan and Dr George Adjei, respectively, as the Medical Investigation Unit delve into another suspected case of medical negligence.

ITV Head of Drama, Polly Hill:

“We are all delighted with the response Malpractice received and Grace has an exciting new story, exploring a new medical malpractice to grip the audience all over again.  A huge thanks to Simon and everyone at World who made the first series the brilliant and unmissable drama that Malpractice became.”

The first series followed the story of Dr Lucinda Edwards (Niamh Algar) a smart, battle-hardened doctor, seen for the first time on a nightmare shift that ended in the death of an opioid overdose victim, Edith Owusu. Despite the support of her medical supervisor, Dr Leo Harris, played by James Purefoy, Edith’s grieving father Sir Anthony Owusu, played by Brian Bovell, demands an enquiry into Lucinda’s actions on the fateful night.

Leading the medical investigation are Dr Norma Callahan played by Helen Behan and Lucinda’s former colleague, Dr George Adjei, played by Jordan Kouamé. While George feels this was an unavoidable tragedy, Norma is suspicious of Lucinda’s behaviour and decisions in the lead-up to Edith’s death. As the pressure of the investigation intensified, Lucinda’s relationship with her husband Tom, played by Lorne MacFadyen started to fracture, and her confident professional exterior began to crack.

This first series was the most-watched new drama of 2023 on ITV1/STV for a launch episode with 6.7m viewers based on 28-day viewing.

The five-part series two will premiere on ITV1 /STV and be available for streaming on ITVX and the STV Player.

ITV Press:

“The compelling first series of the cat and mouse thriller, which starred Niamh Algar, Helen Behan, Jordan Kouamé and James Purefoy, debuted on ITV1 and ITVX in April with critics praising the series for its “intricate plot”, “powerful authenticity” and describing it as “a breakneck thriller”.”

Filming is due to commence next year.

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