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Best ITV Dramas — latest drama series to enjoy on the ITV Hub

Best ITV dramas: Luke Evans as Steve Wilkins in The Pembrokeshire Murders.
Luke Evans stars in ITV drama The Pembrokeshire Murders. (Image credit: ITV)

Here is our guide to the best ITV dramas available to stream right now on the ITV player, including how many episodes there are in each series and what the TV critics think. 

There has never been a better time to discover gripping new ITV dramas to get your teeth in to. ITV Hub has a great selection of hit shows from real-life crime to psychological thrillers. Don't miss our guide to the best BBC dramas and the best Channel 4 dramas as well!

What are the best ITV dramas available to watch online at ITV Hub?

'Professor T'

Ben Miller stars as Professor T

Ben Miller stars in Professor T. (Image credit: ITV)

Professor T is an ITV adaptation of a Belgian crime drama of the same name. It stars Ben Miller as Professor James Tempest, an eccentric but genius criminologist with OCD from Cambridge University who becomes a police advisor on a series of cases.

In the opening episode, the professor becomes involved in a police investigation at the university after a student is attacked on campus and DI Lisa Donckers (Emma Naomi) believes he is the perfect fit for the case. 

Describing the show’s appeal, Ben said: “Professor T has it all: intriguing murders, dreaming spires, and a cast of unforgettable characters, each with their own fascinating secrets. You don’t have to be a professor of criminal psychology to know the ITV audience will love it."

The first episode aired on Sunday, 18 July on ITV at 9pm and is now available on ITV Hub. If you can't wait to watch Professor T, you can find the full season available to watch on BritBox UK.

What our TV critics think: " It’s the start of an impressive side-hustle and the professor’s true calling. An immensely enjoyable series, with Ben Miller in his element. Bonus points for casting Frances de la Tour as T’s adoring mum Adelaide."

Number of seasons: 1

Episodes: 6

Average episode length: 50 minutes

'Innocent'

Katherine Kelly in Innocent Season 2

Katherine Kelly stars in Innocent Season 2.  (Image credit: ITV)

Innocent Season 1 sees Lee Ingleby as a man wrongly accused of killing his wife, while Season 2 stars Katherine Kelly as teacher Sally Wright who has spent five years in prison for the murder of her 16-year-old student Matty Taylor, who she was also accused of grooming. But when new evidence comes to light, her conviction is overturned, but who really killed Matty?

What our TV critics think: "Prepare yourselves, because this addictive thriller will leave you on tenterhooks!"

Number of seasons: 2

Episodes: 8

Average episode length: 60 minutes 

'Too Close'

Too Close

Emily Watson and Denise Gough star in Too Close.  (Image credit: ITV)

Too Close is a psychological thriller mini-series based on the novel of the same name by Natalie Daniels. The drama explores a twisted working relationship between a forensic psychologist, Dr Robertson, and her newest patient Connie Mortensen. 

Connie is a woman who’s been accused of a heinous crime, but she claims she doesn’t remember anything about it. As Dr Robertson begins working on Connie’s case, the two grow extremely close.

The cat-and-mouse series runs for three episodes and features some huge twists and turns. 

What our TV critics think: "We bet the first two minutes of this tense psychological thriller will make you gasp!"

Number of seasons: 1

Episodes: 3

Average episode length: 55 minutes 

'Marcella'

Anna Friel in Marcella season 3

Anna Friel stars as Marcella on ITV Hub.  (Image credit: ITV)

Season 3 sees Marcella in Belfast working as an undercover detective. She has taken on a new identity, Keira, and has infiltrated the infamous Maguire crime family. But soon her mental state starts to fracture and Marcella starts to cut ties with her old life. 

What our TV critics think: "Another nail-biting series with twists you really won’t see coming!"

Number of seasons: 3, however only Season 3 is currently on ITV Hub

Episodes: 8

Average episode length: 60 minutes 

'The Bay' 

The Bay on ITV.

Morven Christie stars as Lisa Armstrong in Series 1 and 2 of The Bay. (Image credit: ITV)

Morven Christie stars as D.S Lisa Armstrong in this gripping crime drama, set in the seaside town of Morecambe on the west coast of England. Season 1 sees Lisa Armstrong, a family liaison officer called in to investigate missing twins, but it soon becomes apparent that her link to the family might be more than just professional. 

Season 2 of The Bay, which is also on ITV Hub, sees Lisa return to solve another local crime while still dealing with the fall out of her actions from last year. She is given the chance to step up while investigating a shocking murder, but while she is trying to uncover who the killer is, Lisa and her family are unknowingly stalked by a mysterious figure.  

Stars Morven Chrisite, Jonas Armstrong, Matthew McNulty, Lindsey Coulson, Taheen Modak and Daniel Ryan. 

What our TV critics think: "Right up until the final episode, it is impossible to predict the outcome of this excellent second series. There are so many twists before all is revealed."

Number of seasons: 2

Episodes: 6 per season 

Average episode length: 45 minutes 

'Finding Alice'

Keeley Hawes in Finding Alice.

Keeley Hawes plays widow Alice in Finding Alice.  (Image credit: ITV)

Finding Alice is a new contemporary ITV drama about a woman who has lost her husband starring Keeley Hawes. This dark comedy, which has been renewed for a second series, sees Keeley team up again with writer Simon Nye, who penned her hit series The Durrells.

Alice becomes a widow when her husband Harry falls down the stairs after they move into their dream house. But it's not just the practicalities of life without Harry that soon dawn on Alice (where is the fridge in their new smart house?!) but Harry's death also uncovers a string of dark secrets, criminality and debt that Alice must now deal with. 

As well as Keeley Hawes starring as Alice, the cast also includes Joanna Lumley, Nigel Havers, Jason Merrells, Gemma Jones, Isabella Pappas and Kenneth Cranham. 

All six episodes are available to stream on ITV Hub and BritBox.

What our TV critics think: "As casts go, you can’t get much better than the line-up in Finding Alice. The series is darkly comic and somewhat offbeat - roll on series two!"

Number of seasons: 1

Episodes: 6 

Average episode length: 60 minutes

'Unforgotten' 

Unforgotten Season 4

Unforgotten sees long-buried secrets unearthed and historical murder mysteries solved.  (Image credit: ITV)

Unforgotten is crime drama focusing on historical cases that have been kept buried for years. Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar star as London detectives DI Cassie Stuart and DS Sunil 'Sunny' Khan - the perfect duo who make it their mission to fight for justice for long-forgotten victims. Each series brings a new mystery for the pair to solve along with plenty of long-held secrets and killer twists along the way. 

What our TV critics think: "Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar are great as DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan in this compelling crime drama. The tension mounts as more secrets are revealed each episode and there’s always plenty to keep you guessing." 

Number of seasons: 4 

Episodes: 8 

Average episode length: 60 minutes

'The Pembrokeshire Murders'

The Pembrokeshire Murders Luke Evans as Steve Wilkins.

Luke Evans stars as Steve Wilkins in real-life crime drama The Pembrokeshire Murders(Image credit: ITV)

The Pembrokeshire Murders is a new real-life crime drama on ITV. The three-part story stars Luke Evans as real-life detective DCS Steve Wilkins of the Dyfed-Powys Police force, who risked his reputation by reopening two unsolved double murder cases. 

One was the killings of Peter and Gwenda Dixon in 1989 on the Pembrokeshire Costal Path and a second crime that was committed nearly four years earlier at Scoveston Manor. 

Steve thought that convicted burglar John Cooper was responsible for both crimes. However, he didn’t have enough evidence and bizarrely the killer’s downfall was eventually partly due to his appearance on classic ITV game show Bullseye.

The Pembrokeshire Murders stars Luke Evans in the role of DCS Steve Wilkins, while Keith Allen plays killer John Cooper. David Fynn and Caroline Berry also star. 

What our TV critics think: "We’ve seen many real-life crime dramas recently, but the tale of a case solved with the help of Jim Bowen is one to remember."

Number of seasons: 1

Episodes: 3

Average episode length: 60 minutes

'Grace'

John Simms in Grace.

John Simms stars as DS Roy Grace in this new crime thriller.  (Image credit: ITV)

This feature-length drama, which is an adaptation of Peter James' bestselling novels, sees John Simm star as DS Roy Grace who is haunted by the disappearance of his wife. When DS Grace finds his career hanging by a thread after a recent courtroom controversy, he can't afford to make any mistakes at work. But trouble looms when ghosts from his past come flooding back as he looks into a sinister new case. 

What our TV critics think: "The sweeping skies and picturesque coastlines of Brighton form a perfect backdrop for this crime thriller which sees John Simm at his brooding best."

Number of seasons: 1

Episodes: 1

Average episode length: 120 minutes 

'The Sister'

Russell Tovey and the cast of 'The Sister.'

Russell Tovey stars alongside Bertie Carvel and Amrita Acharia in The Sister(Image credit: Hulu)

The Sister is a dark story of murder, forbidden secrets, and ghosts — but it isn't just your usual run-of-the-mill thriller, because there is also a supernatural theme running throughout, making it all the more chilling. 

Adapted from the novel 'Burial' by author Neil Cross who also brought us Luther, The Sister sees Russell Tovey as Nathan, a quiet man who is dedicated to his wife, while secretly harbouring a terrible secret from his past. A knock on his door one rainy night soon sets off a shocking sequence of events that Nathan has spent the last decade trying to avoid. 

Russell Tovey explained the plot to us: "At a New Year's Eve party 10 years ago, Nathan fancies this girl, but they go for a drive with Bob and something happens and the girl dies. Nathan has rebuilt himself and put Pandora in the box, but now Pandora's running around crazy and he's trying to get her back in. He's riddled with fear. It's about the unravelling of a good person who got involved in a situation he shouldn't have."

Joining Russell Tovey in the cast are Bertie Carvel, Amrita Acharia and Nina Toussaint-White. 

You can also watch The Sister in the US as it is currently available on streaming service Hulu

What our TV critics think: "This isn't just your usual run-of-the-mill thriller, because there is also a supernatural theme running throughout, making it all the more chilling."

Number of seasons: 1

Episodes: 4

Average episode length: 60 minutes

'Des'

Des, one of the most popular dramas on ITV last year, sees David Tennant play serial killer Dennis Nilsen in a chilling true crime drama. Nilsen, one of Britain's most notorious killers, infamously murdered boys and young men in his London flat in the 1970s and 80s. His crimes were only discovered when a neighbour called a plumber to unblock a drain and human remains, which the killer had tried to flush away, were discovered. 

As well as Tennant, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Nilsen, the drama also stars Daniel Mays as Detective Chief Inspector Peter Jay, while biographer Brian Masters is portrayed by Jason Watkins from The Crown

What our TV critics think: "David Tennant gives a thoroughly chilling performance as Dennis Nilsen, not to mention creating an uncanny resemblance to the killer in this series. If true crime drama is your thing, then Des is a must-see."

Number of seasons: 1

Episodes: 3

Average episode length: 60 minutes

'Quiz'

Quiz is a fascinating drama that delves inside the controversy which saw Major Charles Ingram accused of cheating his way to the £1million jackpot on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? 

But as Charles celebrates his win, the suspicious production team play back the recording and are concerned that another contestant, Tecwen Whittock, was coughing to signal the correct answers to Charles.

Matthew Macfadyen and Sian Clifford play Charles and Diana Ingram, while Michael Sheen is quiz show host Chris Tarrant. 

What our TV critics think: "Michael Sheen gives an eerily accurate portrayal of Chris Tarrant in this brilliantly gripping drama based on the 'coughing scandal' that has gone down in TV history."

Number of seasons: 1

Episodes: 3

Average episode length: 60 minutes

'The Singapore Grip'

Set in World War Two, The Singapore Grip is a lavish drama based on J. G. Farrell's satirical novel published in 1978. The series follows a British family living in 1940s Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion, but they’re also dealing with their own fair share of personal threats as they find their trading company at risk.

Luke Treadaway plays reluctant hero Matthew Webb while David Morrissey plays Walter Blackett, a ruthless rubber merchant. 

With Webb’s health failing, Walter needs to ensure the future of their firm is secure and decides Webb’s son Matthew is the perfect match for his spoilt daughter Joan. But Matthew’s idealism leaves Walter increasingly suspicious as Matthew himself falls under the spell of Vera Chiang, a mysterious Chinese refugee.

What our TV critics think: "We're treated to an excellent cast in this slick, satirical period drama, which is a great adaptation of a finely written novel."

Number of seasons: 1

Episodes: 6

Average episode length: 55 minutes

'Honour'

Honour sees Keeley Hawes star in this factual drama about the real-life so-called honour killing of Banaz Mahmod, who was murdered by members of her own family for falling in love with the wrong man.

The Bodyguard actress plays real-life Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode, who brought five killers to justice in a heartbreaking true story that saw twenty-year-old Banaz murdered in London in 2006 after police apparently missed repeated chances to save her from her tragic fate. 

Buket Komur stars alongside Keeley as Banaz. 

What our TV critics think: "Honour shines a light on this heartbreakingly tragic case, while Keeley Hawes gives a great performance as DCI Caroline Goode."

Number of seasons: 1

Episodes: 2

Average episode length: 60 minutes