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How to watch Traces online anywhere in the world - how to stream the Martin Compston drama

How to watch Traces online with Martin Compson
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Make sure you don't miss Traces. Here's how to watch Traces online anywhere in the world

Traces is a new BBC1 drama starring Line of Duty’s Martin Compston. Here’s how to watch Traces online anywhere in the world.

Martin is best known as cop Steve Arnott in Line of Duty, but in this new drama Martin plays a character who comes under suspicion himself.

The story opens with Emma Hedges (played by Molly Windsor) moving to Dundee to start a new job as a lab technician. On the night before she begins work a fatal fire takes place at a nightclub.

Meanwhile, Emma takes an online course teaching the principles of forensic science using a fictional murder case. However, rather than being fictional, it turns out the victim in the case is in fact her mother who was murdered when Emma was just a child!

Soon Emma starts questioning her own family and unable to get straight answers she takes her revelations to DI McKinven (Michael Nardone), who’s friends with her boss.

Emma is also dating a builder (Martin Compson), unaware that he could be implicated in the fire at the nightclub her boss is investigating.

“My character Daniel is in charge of the construction of the nightclub that has burnt down after a massive fire that ended in three fatalities. That is when he meets this fascinating young woman called Emma,” teases Martin.

Traces was previously shown on Alibi.

How to watch Traces online for free

Traces starts on Monday 4th January 2021 at 9pm on BBC1. All six episodes will be made available to watch on iPlayer.

How to watch Traces online from abroad

There is a handy way to watch your favourite TV shows from wherever you are in the world, and it is called VPN.

This lets you get around the usual digital barriers by changing your IP address, meaning you can watch your favourite TV shows even if you’re away from home.

But which VPN will suit your needs best?

One of the top options currently on the market is NordVPN, which lets you change your IP address on whichever device you want to watch your favourite TV show on.

From laptops to a Smart TV, Amazon Fire Stick and games consoles to a mobile phone, you can change the address to make your device think it is in a different location.

Not only is NordVPN straightforward and easy to use, it also has great security smarts and is reasonably priced. Plus, you can try it 100% risk-free by taking advantage of its 30-day free trial.

How to watch Traces in the US  

Traces is currently available to watch in America.

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