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Martin Clunes to star as real-life cop again in Manhunt II

Manhunt season 2 starring Martin Clunes
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The Doc Martin star will reprise his role as DCI Colin Sutton, here’s everything we know about Manhunt season 2 so far…

Manhunt season 2 will see Martin Clunes again play former London Metropolitan Police detective, DCI Colin Sutton.

It is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed drama Manhunt, which saw DCI Sutton track down serial killer Levi Bellfield.

Manhunt proved a ratings hit, with a huge average audience of nine million viewers, so it’s no surprise that ITV has ordered a sequel.

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Martin Clunes in the original Manhunt, which was a ratings smash

Manhunt season 2 release date

ITV has yet to announce a release date for Manhunt II: The Night Stalker. The broadcaster has said it’s likely to be shown in 2021.

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What’s the plot of Manhunt season 2?

The four-part drama stars Clunes as ex London Metropolitan Police detective DCI Colin Sutton. This time Sutton is on the hunt for a notorious serial rapist, whose 17 years of terror left thousands of elderly people in south east London living in fear. The drama is based on the diaries of Sutton.

Executive producer Philippa Briathwaite said: “We are very pleased that ITV have given us the opportunity to dramatise another important case that Colin Sutton was involved in just before his retirement from the Force.

"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 incredibly dangerous serial rapist off the streets.”

ITV’s head of drama Polly Hill added: “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. 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 dramatisation of a truly shocking crime that affected so many families.”

Is there a trailer?

Not yet. We will update this story when there is one.

What else do we know?

Manhunt season 2 is written by Ed Whitmore, who also penned the first series.

Manhunt II: The Night Stalker will air on ITV in 2021.