Channel 5Channels 5 has announced that its crime drama Suspects will return to the network in the autum with a second series.

Suspects has been an incredible critical success for Channel 5, and praised for its innovative and game-changing approach to procedural drama. We’re thrilled by the reaction and are excited about commissioning a further series for later in the year.

– Ben Frow, Director of Programmes, Channel 5

The unscripted drama takes a different approach to how crime drama is created and executed: actors Fay Ripley, Damien Molony and Clare-Hope Ashitey improvise the dialogue from a tightly-plotted storyline, and the series adopts filming techniques and a directorial approach usually associated with factual programming and fly-on-the-wall documentaries. Suspects focuses on a team of three detectives and their distinctive approaches to the job of policing.

Fay Ripley plays D.I. Martha Bellamy. Witty and warm, Martha fiercely protects her team – and she’s exactly the kind of cop you want knocking on your door when your world has been turned upside down. Damien Molony plays D.S. Jack Weston, whose easy charm belies his killer gut instinct. Jack is a man of action – coupled with acute emotional intelligence.  Finally, Clare-Hope Ashitey plays D.C. Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Steele, who has a keen eye for detail and whip-smart instincts which help her cut to the heart of any investigation.

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