Aidan Turner

How ITV's The Suspect twists the thriller

If there’s one thing us Brits know how to do well – apart from make a mean cup of tea and queue politely – it’s how to make a compelling TV crime drama. In recent years, the likes of Killing Eve, Line of Duty, Informer, Bodyguard and The Responder have all been jewels in prime-time schedules and reliable exports. But this has consequences for developing a new series as producers needs to offer something a little different.

Aidan Turner to star in new ITV thriller The Suspect

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Adapted by Peter Berry (Gangs of London) from Michael Robotham’s novel of the same name, Turner will star as Dr. Joseph O’Loughlin, a man who appears to have a perfect life with his devoted wife, loving daughter, a successful practice as a clinical psychologist and a new publishing deal. With a burgeoning media profile, the doctor even became a hero online after rescuing a young patient from jumping from the tenth floor of the hospital.

Watch the new trailer for the final series of Poldark

The highly anticipated last instalment will return to screens later this month to conclude Poldark's journey. 

The trailer shows Ross Poldark return to Westminster to challenge the king in an attempt to save his friend, while Cornwall appears to descend into chaos. Elsewhere, George Warleggan is still grieving the loss of his wife Elizabeth and, after escaping her abusive husband and finally marrying her love Drake Carne, there's trouble ahead for Morwenna as the teaser shows her distraught as she holds onto her stomach.

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Jack Farthing, Debbie Horsfield, Anne Dudley and Damien Timmins were on the panel of Poldark: Anatomy of a Hit (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Damien Timmer, Managing Director of Mammoth Screen, who made the series, suggested it was the period detail and how audiences could relate to the characters that appealed to viewers.

“Those 18th century characters, those 18th century costumes…there was something so relatable about it.

“There’s something about the show’s humanity, the way Debbie [Horsfield] wrote the characters and the actors played them, felt very truthful.” Timmer said at the RTS event, Poldark: Anatomy of a Hit.