James Nesbitt to team up with Richard E. Grant and Sam Heughan for new Channel 4 thriller - Suspect

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5 May 2022, 13:50

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Channel 4 have brought together some big names for their next crime drama - Suspect. 

Cold Feet actor James Nesbitt will lead the eight-part series alongside the likes of Richard E. Grant, Sam Heughan, Anne-Marie Duff and Ben Miller. 

Nesbitt will play veteran detective Danny Frater, who is devastated to learn that the body he’s been asked to ID check is actually his estranged daughter Christina.  

Unconvinced that her death was a suicide, Danny then looks into Christina’s final days to find out what really happened. 

Each half-hour episode will feature an intense exchange with a different person close to Christina, ranging from her partner Nicola (Niamh Algar) to her godfather Ryan (Sam Heughan), mentor Harry (Richard) and mother Susannah (Anne-Marie). 

In a statement (via Yahoo News), Nesbitt explained: “The calibre of the actors is amazing and they came so prepared. They were also incredibly supportive and protective of me, I think instinctively, because they knew I was taking on a fairly big responsibility. It was a beautifully collaborative experience.

"I could relate to Danny, with his flaws, vulnerabilities and the devastating situation he faces, from the very first moment I picked up the script.

"Each episode of Suspect is an intensely theatrical double-hander, a psychological battle of wits between Danny and another character who may know something about his daughter's untimely death."

Danny isn't the only copper Nesbitt is playing this year, as he was recently spotted filming Bloodlands series two. 

In the BBC drama, the actor plays Detective Inspector Tom Brannick, and while on set in Belfast, Nesbitt was snapped with co-star Lola Petticrew, who plays his on-screen daughter Izzy.

Joining Nesbitt for the new season will be Lorcan Cranitch (Jackie), Charlene McKenna (Niamh) and Chris Walley (Birdy).

The second series, which will contain six hour-long episodes, is expected to air later this year.

Suspect is due to air on Channel 4 later this year.