Fans react as ITV police drama DI Ray ends with a twist

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6 May 2022, 08:20

Parminder Nagra as DI Ray

Credit: ITV

The first series of the latest drama produced by Line of Duty’s Jed Mercurio came to an end last night, and viewers have taken to social media to give their opinions.

The four-part ITV drama ran across consecutive nights, starting on Monday and concluding yesterday (May 5th). In it, DI Rachita Ray, played by Bend It Like Beckham star Parminder Nagra, was promoted to join a homicide investigation. However, because the murder was a “Culturally Specific Homicide”, DI Ray soon started to suspect that she was selected for her ethnicity rather than her policing skills.

When the killing proved not to be the honour killing it was assumed to be, but rather an incident revolving around a major trafficking ring, the plot thickened.

In a massive twist in the narrative, Rachita's fiancé DCI Martyn Hunter (played by Jamie Bamber) turned out to be - yes, you’ve guessed it - one of Jed Mercurio’s infamous bent coppers, who had been working with a dangerous criminal gang. 

And the twists didn’t stop there. After Martyn was arrested in last night’s final episode, Rachita was told by her boss that her suspicions were correct and she was only hired “because of the ethnic needs of the case". But that wasn’t all. Rach was then suspended "pending further investigation".

Viewers took to Twitter when the credits rolled. One wrote: “I thought it was excellent: a long overdue new perspective on a popular genre, a good story and believable characters, particularly Rachita Ray.”

Another added: “Hope there's gonna be another series, and hopefully a much longer one. Also make it weekly. Really enjoying it.”

Praising actor Jamie Bamber’s performance, one Twitter user said: “Man I hated Martyn in the end. That shows how good Jamie is because I like him rather a lot.”

Someone else said: “I need another series ASAP! Brilliant tv.”

As yet, there is no word on whether DI Ray will be back for another series. Fingers crossed!

All four episodes of DI Ray are available to watch on ITV Hub.