The Suspect: Release date, cast for Aidan Turner 2022 thriller

Highly anticipated thriller The Suspect, starring Polark’s Aidan Turner, is coming this August to ITV.

An adaptation of Michael Robotham’s best-selling novel, The Suspect is a classic nail-biting, psychological drama, from the producers of Line of Duty and Vigil.

Packed with twists, this tense series focuses on the story of clinical psychologist Dr Joseph O’Loughlin (Turner), whose perfect life suddenly begins to fall apart when he finds himself at the center of a murder case.

An unmissable autumn drama, the book has been adapted for the screen by Peter Berry (Gangs of London).

Here is everything you need to know about The Suspect…

When is The Suspect released on ITV

The Suspect is coming soon to ITV.

The first trailer (below) for the show confirmed that the series starts in August.

What is The Suspect about?

The series introduces Doctor Joe O’Loughlin, played by Aidan Turner, who appears to have the perfect life – a devoted wife, a loving daughter, a successful practice as a clinical psychologist, a healthy media profile and a lucrative publishing deal. He’s even a hero online after rescuing a young patient who was ready to jump from the 10th floor of the hospital where Joe works.

When a young woman is found in a shallow grave in a West London cemetery, veteran police officer DI Vincent Ruiz (Shaun Parkes) and his young partner DS Riya Devi (Anjli Mohindra) are assigned to the investigation. But is this a case of suicide or has the young woman been murdered?

As a successful author, Doctor Joe’s opinion is much sought after and when he meets DS Devi he’s only too willing to offer help with profiling and his expertise.

Now known for his risk-taking and rule-breaking, does Joe have more to hide? His recent diagnosis with a debilitating illness could explain his behaviour. But as the investigation into Catherine’s death gathers pace, we start to wonder whether we know the real Joe or does he have a secret life? And has his work as a clinical psychologist prompted him to develop a criminal mindset – or worse?

How many episodes of The Suspect will be there?

The Suspect is a five-episode thriller.

Who is in The Suspect 2022 cast?

  • Aidan Turner (Poldark, Leonardo, The Hobbit Trilogy) – Plays Dr Joe O’Loughlin
  • Shaun Parkes (Small Axe) – Plays DI Ruiz
  • Anjli Mohindra (The Lazarus Project, Vigil, Bodyguard) – Plays DS Devi
  • Sian Clifford (Quiz, Fleabag)
  • Camilla Beeput (Save Me (Too), Peep Show)
  • Adam James (Vigil, Doctor Foster)
  • Bobby Schofield (Anne, Time)
  • Bronagh Waugh (The Fall, Ridley, Hollyoaks)
  • Angela Griffin (Cutting It, White Lines)

Aidan Turner leads an impressive cast for the 2022 adaptation. “I am thrilled to be taking on the complex and demanding role of Joseph O’Loughlin, a man with so much to give but so much to lose, and a hidden darker side,” he said.

Author Michael Robotham described Aidan Turner as “an inspired choice” to play the lead character of Joe O’Loughlin.

“I couldn’t be in safer hands,” said the crime writer.

Who are the creators of The Suspect?

The Suspect is made by World Productions – the team famous for creating hit series Line of Duty and Vigil.

The creative team behind the ITV drama series include:

Screenwriter: Peter Berry (Gangs of London)
Director: James Strong (Vigil, Liar, Broadchurch)
Executive Producer: Jake Lushington (Vigil, Born to Kill)

“Bringing The Suspect to the screen has been a fantastic and fascinating journey,” said writer Peter Berry.

“I hope the audience will find it equally enthralling as they delve the depths of a truly iconic character caught up in a story that will test his faith in his profession, his family and himself.”

What is the book The Suspect is based on?

The Suspect was the debut novel of Michael Robotham, the highly regarded best-selling fiction writer whose novels have been translated into 25 languages ​​and topped best-seller lists around the world.

Michael is also one of only five writers, including John Le Carre and Ruth Rendell, to twice win the UK Gold Dagger Award for best crime novel.

The Suspect, which was published in 2004, is the first book in the Joseph O’Loughlin series.

All the Joseph O’Loughlin books:

  • The Suspect
  • lost
  • Shatter
  • Bleed For Me
  • The Wreckage
  • Say You’re Sorry
  • Watching You
  • Close Your Eyes
  • The Other Wife

Is The Suspect a true story?

The Suspect is not based on a true story. The series is based on the popular novel by Michael Robotham.

Where was The Suspect filmed?

The Suspect was filmed on location in London during the autumn of 2021.

The drama was produced by Natasha Romaniuk (Angela Black, The Split) and the first three episodes are directed by James Strong (Vigil, Liar, Broadchurch).

Episodes 4-5 are directed by Camilla Strøm Henriksen (Phoenix, Occupied S3, The Truth Will Out S2).

Director James Strong said: “Peter Berry has written an utterly compelling set of scripts which had me gripped from the first page. The show will be a high-octane psychological thriller – full of brilliant twists and turns, but also a fascinating insight into the mind of a top psychologist.

“We have assembled a brilliant cast and with London as our backdrop, I’m extremely excited to bring The Suspect to the screen.”

Watch The Suspect in August on ITV and catch up on the ITV Hub

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