ITV Orders New Drama 'Manhunt II: The Night Stalker' Starring Martin Clunes

Post by: Rick Ellis 10 November, 2020

ITV Head of Drama Paula Hill announced on Tuesday that the network had ordered a sequel to the drama Manhunt, which was the highest rated new drama on any channel in the U.K. in 2019.

In the four-episode drama Manhunt II: The Night Stalker, Martin Clunes returns as DCI Sutton, a character based on the diaries of Colin Sutton. The season will tell the real-life story of the police pursuit of a notorious rapist whose 17-year reign of terror left thousands of elderly people in southeast London living in fear.

Manhunt II The Night Stalker is written by Ed Whitmore (Silent Witness, Rillington Place, Strike Back), who also wrote the first season of Manhunt, which told the real life story of how the 2004 murder of Amelie Delagrange on Twickenham Green was eventually linked to the murder of Marsha McDonnell in 2003 and the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler as she travelled home from school in 2002.

Both dramas are produced by Buffalo Pictures. The executive producer is Philippa Braithwaite, the producer is Jo Willett, the co-producer is Evie Bergson-Korn, the director is Marc Evans. The stories are by Colin Sutton and Ed Whitmore, who is also an executive producer.

"I’m delighted that Martin Clunes will play DCI Colin Sutton once again, taking on a case that had gone unsolved for almost two decades," said Polly Hill in a statement "The team behind the first Manhunt - Ed Whitmore, Marc Evans, along with Buffalo and Philippa Braithwaite - will make sure this is another compelling and respectful dramatization of a truly shocking crime that affected so many families."

"We are very pleased that ITV have given us the opportunity to dramatize another important case that Colin Sutton was involved in just before his retirement from the Force," added Philippa Braithwaite. "This inquiry has a very different emphasis to the Bellfield case; the victims were elderly and the crimes were unsolved for many years. The drama explores how Colin came late to the inquiry and helped solve it in a matter of weeks, taking an in-credibly dangerous serial rapist off the streets."

Manhunt II: The Night Stalker will premiere in 2021.

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