Hermione Norris and Lee Ingleby have been announced as the leads of new ITV crime drama Innocent.
The series – written by Chris Lang and Matt Arlidge – also stars Daniel Ryan, Angel Coulby, Nigel Lindsay, Elliott Cowan and Adrian Rowlins.
“Innocent is a contemporary relationship drama with a thriller pulse. Chris and Matt’s scripts have created an intense web of characters with interwoven lives – with a seemingly ordinary husband and father at its heart.” – Controller of ITV Drama, Victoria Fea
Innocent will follow the plight of Ingleby’s character David Collier who is in prison after being convicted of murdering his wife Tara seven years prior. He’s lost everything: his wife, his two children and even the house he owned and faces the rest of his life behind bars. David has always maintained his innocence but his only ally is his faithful brother Phil (Daniel Ryan).
Norris plays Tara’s childless sister Alice who, along with her husband Rob (Adrian Rowlins), has taken on David’s children. The family enjoy a comfortable lifestyle thanks to the proceeds of David’s estate. For Alice there’s no doubt of his guilt and she’s utterly devastated by the prospect of David’s Appeal and Re-trial. Meanwhile, DCI William Beech (Nigel Lindsay) who led the original investigation into Tara’s murder has a lot to lose if David’s conviction is overturned. Waiting in the wings should David be acquitted is his junior DI Cathy Hudson (Angel Coulby). However, unknown to anyone but themselves is the fact that they are deep in a relationship.
To David’s astonishment his conviction is quashed on a technicality and he is free to try to rebuild his life. What will transpire from then on as David tries to reclaim his children and establish his absolute innocence? What of his best friend Tom Wilson (Elliott Cowan) who reneged on his alibi on the night of Tara’s murder? What will tenacious Cathy Hudson’s review of the case throw up?
From TXTV Innocent will be produced by Jeremy Gwilt and co-executive produced by Jeremy Gwilt, Chris Lang and Matt Arlidge and directed by Richard Clark. Filming will begin on the four part drama this month.
“We are delighted to be making this show for our great friends within the ITV commissioning team and we’re excited to be working with such a talented and inspirational cast.” – Jeremy Gwilt