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

Best ITV Dramas: Michael Jibson as Martin Powell enjoying his holiday with Kathy before their son's arrest.
No Return is among the best ITV dramas available to watch right now. (Image credit: ITV)

Here is our guide to the best ITV dramas available to stream right now on ITV Hub, 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 into. ITV Hub (opens in new tab) has a great selection of hit shows from real-life crime to psychological thrillers. Don't miss our guide to the best BBC dramas, the best Channel 4 dramas, and the best Channel 5 dramas.

What are the best ITV dramas to watch on the ITV Hub?

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe

Eddie Marsan and Monica Dolan star as insurance scammer John Darwin and his wife Anne in The Thief, His Wife And The Canoe.

Eddie Marsan and Monica Dolan star as insurance scammer John Darwin and his wife Anne in The Thief, His Wife And The Canoe. (Image credit: ITV)

The Thief, His Wife And The Canoe tells the strange true story of canoe conman John Darwin and his wife Anne. 

Former teacher John (played by Eddie Marsan) brazenly faked his own death in 2002 for life insurance money, while his wife Anne (Monica Dolan) continued his lies and ended up heading off for a new life with her husband in Panama, without the rest of their family knowing a thing. 

Eddie says: "The story of how and why John Darwin faked his own death to defraud insurance companies is fascinating, and if it weren’t fact, you’d think it unbelievable."

What our TV reviewers says: "The bizarre tale is retold from the perspective of the long-suffering Anne, who reluctantly goes along with the loopy scheme to avoid bankruptcy, but does not let her two sons in on the deception."

Number of seasons: 1

Number of episodes: 4

Average episode length: 60 minutes

The Ipcress File

How to watch 'The Ipcress file' online. Joe Cole stars in 'The Ipcress File' as spy Harry Palmer.

Joe Cole stars in The Ipcress File. (Image credit: Altitude Film/ITV)

Peaky Blinders and Gangs of London star Joe Cole takes on the iconic role of Harry Palmer, based on the globally renowned Len Deighton novel from 1962 and made famous by Michael Caine in the 1965 spy thriller.

The high-octane espionage series, set during the 1960s at the height of the Cold War, follows Palmer, a working-class British sergeant, who’s on the make in Berlin and ends up becoming a spy to avoid a stint in military jail for dodgy dealings and side hustles. 

Harry Palmer’s first case is The Ipcress File, which involves a missing British nuclear scientist...

No Return

Sheridan Smith as Kathy in No Return, standing outside a Turkish police station in a denim jacket over a floral-patterned black dress, with a look of concern and anxiety on her face

Sheridan Smith as Kathy in No Return. (Image credit: ITV)

No Return is a four-part family thriller that sees Sheridan Smith and her Four Lives co-star Michael Jibson playing husband and wife duo Martin and Kathy Powell. Together with their kids, they jet off for a dream family holiday in Turkey.

That holiday swiftly becomes a nightmare, as Turkish police officers arrived in the middle of the night to bring in their 16-year-old son, Noah after he'd gone to a seemingly innocent invitation to a beach party.

Kathy and Martin are then thrown into a complex legal battle as they fight for their son's freedom amidst a complicated foreign legal system and intense media coverage.  

What our TV reviewers say: "Sheridan shines as a terrified mother willing to do anything to save her son. "

Number of seasons: 1

Number of episodes: 4

Average episode length: 60 minutes

Trigger Point

Vicky McClure and Adrian Lester in Trigger Point.

Vicky McClure and Adrian Lester in Trigger Point. (Image credit: ITV)

Trigger Point sees Line of Duty's Vicky McClure tackling another action-packed role. Here, she plays "Expo" Lana Washington, an operative of London's Metropolitan Bomb Disposal Squad.

Alongside her fellow officer, Joel Nutkins (Adrian Lester), Lana finds herself at the forefront of a terror plot as part of the urgent response to a number of bombings across the city. 

What follows is a thrill ride full of twists and turns as Lana and the EXPO team enter a race against time to bring an end to the plot before too many more people die.

What our TV reviewers say: "Vicky McClure has barely had a chance to dust herself down after last year’s Line of Duty finale, but she is heading into danger once more, as this taut six-part series begins with a white-knuckle first episode. McClure and her co-star Adrian Lester play bomb-disposal experts, Washington and Nutkins, racing to disarm a deadly device in a London tower block in tonight’s opener, yet they discover it’s just the start of a terrifying terrorist conspiracy. The influence of producer Jed Mercurio is unmistakable as the nerve-shredding tension mounts. "

Number of seasons: 1 (a second season is due in 2023)

Number of episodes: 6

Average episode length: 60 minutes

Anne 

TV tonight Maxine Peake as campaigner Anne Williams

Maxine Peake stars. (Image credit: ITV)

Maxine Peake stars in Anne as the late Anne Williams, an inspirational woman who devoted her life to campaigning for justice for victims of the Hillsborough disaster. Anne's own son, 15-year-old Kevin, was among the 97 people who tragically lost their lives at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

This devastating four-part drama follows Anne as she devotes decades of her life to reaching out to other witnesses, seeking new evidence, and desperately trying to uncover the truth of what really happened at the football stadium in Sheffield.

What our TV reviewers say: "Maxine Peake gives a heart-rending performance as a mother battling for justice after her 15-year-old son is killed at Hillsborough in this real-life drama. The brooding sense of dread builds as the tragedy unfolds in tonight’s powerful opening episode, and Anne Williams’ despair quickly turns to anger as the authorities try to cover up what really happened to her boy and the other fans who died on that fateful day. What follows is a tale of true courage that shows the power of a mother’s love and how far she went to honour her beloved son." 

Number of seasons: 1

Number of episodes: 4

Average episode length: 60 minutes

The Tower

The Tower

The Tower is an intriguing drama. (Image credit: ITV)

The Tower opens with a dramatic scene after a veteran beat cop and a teenage girl fall to their deaths from a tower block in south-east London. Left alive on the roof are a five-year-old boy and rookie police officer named Lizzie Adama. (Tahirah Sharif) Within hours, Lizzie has disappeared, and Detective Sergeant Sarah Collins (Gemma Whelan) is charged with leading the investigation. 

The three-part series aims to get to the bottom of what happened on that fateful day, and find out what's happened to young officer Adama and what she's been up to. On top of this, there's suspicious characters lurking about, perhaps even closer to home as fellow officer Kieran Shaw (Emmett J Scanlan) also looks like he's got something to hide...

What our TV reviewers say: "New revelations arrive quickly, so, even if you do feel like you see something coming before the show gets there, there's bound to be something coming up to hook you right back into the investigation. Plus, there are still enough things left unsolved that will keep you coming back for more. 

As far as the cast is concerned, Emmett J Scanlan does good work here portraying an officer who's clearly hiding something but still playing his part at work. Kieran Shaw is a calm and collected character whenever he interacts with Sarah, but we can't help but feel that there's something sinister waiting to burst out at any moment."

Number of seasons: 1

Number of episodes: 3

Average episode length: 60 minutes

The Long Call

DI Matthew Venn (Ben Aldridge) and DS Jen Rafferty (Pearl Mackie) stand on the beach looking into the camera lens, surrounded by police cars

The Long Call is one for crime fans. (Image credit: ITV)

This four-part series follows DI Matthew Venn (Ben Aldridge), who’s returned to a small community in North Devon to live with his husband. He grew up in the Barum Brethren, but abandoned the strict evangelical community to go to university at 19. At this point, he publicly declared he no longer believed, much to his mother’s dismay and he's had a strange relationship with his family ever since. 

After a body is found on a beach near Matthew’s home, a shadow of doubt is cast across the entire community. Matthew will work closely with DC Jen Rafferty (Pearl Mackie), a fiercely determined single mother who moved to Devon to escape her traumatic past life in London. The murder case inevitably opens up new wounds for Matthew, as dark truths are exposed.

What our TV reviewers say: "Crime fans won’t want to miss this gripping thriller adapted from a novel by Ann Cleeves, whose books were the source for Vera and Shetland. Ben Aldridge stars as DI Matthew Venn, who was raised in the strict religious community of the Barum Brethren in Devon before moving away and cutting ties 20 years ago. Now he’s returned with his husband, and the discovery of a body on the beach leads him back to the Brethren, and his estranged mother (Juliet Stevenson)."

Number of seasons: 1

Number of episodes: 4

Average episode length: 60 minutes

Angela Black

Joanne Froggatt in Angela Black

Joanne Froggatt stars in Angela Black. (Image credit: ITV)

In Angela Black, Joanne Froggatt plays the titular role who seems to be living a completely happy life in suburban London. She works as a volunteer at a dogs’ home, is married to the charming Olivier (Michiel Huisman) and they have two sons. But, appearances can be deceiving. She's actually the victim of domestic abuse and is trapped in a marriage she can't escape.

Angela is approached by a private investigator named  Ed (Samuel Adewunmi). For reasons as yet unknown Ed reveals Olivier’s most sinister secrets to Angela, which is where the drama begins.

What our TV reviewers say: "Joanne Froggatt gives a typically knockout performance as troubled mum Angela in this powerful drama from the creators of Liar and Baptiste, which explores the devastating impact of domestic abuse. Summary: While desperately trying to keep the violence she suffers at the hands of her husband Olivier (Michiel Huisman) a secret, Angela is thinking about how to leave him. But her world is turned upside down when she meets Ed a stranger (Samuel Adewunmi), who claims to be a private investigator and delivers terrible news to her about Olivier. Who will she trust and can she find the strength to fight back?"

Number of seasons: 1
Number of episodes: 6
Average episode length: 60 minutes

The Larkins

The Larkins

The Larkins are one happy family... well most of the time! (Image credit: ITV)

The Larkins is an adaptation of the much-loved novel The Darling Buds of May, which was famously turned into a series starring David Jason, Pam Ferris, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The new adaptation stars The Chase's Bradley Walsh as Pop Larkin and Joanna Scanlan as Ma Larkin.

It was written by The Durrells screenwriter Simon Nyewho said: "The novels are short, hilarious and magical. We will be expanding the Larkins’ world a little and can’t wait to immerse ourselves in this glorious countryside idyll.”

What our TV reviewers say: "We’re in need of comfort viewing in the autumn, and this new adaptation of The Darling Buds of May hits the spot. Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan star as Pop and Ma Larkin, leading an idyllic life on their Kent farm with six children and various guests. With big shoes to fill (the hit 1990s adaptation starred David Jason, Pam Ferris, and a then-unknown Catherine Zeta-Jones) the cast, including Amelia Bullmore as Miss Pilchester and Peter Davison as the vicar, do a ‘perfick’ job."

Number of seasons: 1 (+1 Christmas Special). The Larkins season 2 is on its way.
Average episode length: 60 minutes

Manhunt

Martin Clunes stars as DCI Colin Sutton in Manhunt

Martin Clunes stars as DCI Colin Sutton. (Image credit: Buffalo Pictures/ ITV)

Manhunt season 2 sees Martin Clunes returning as DCI Colin Sutton for a brand new case. This time, Colin and his team are after a serial rapist who terrorized elderly women living in South London.

Colin is on the verge of retirement, but he's drafted back in to catch a notorious criminal who has escaped justice for 17 years. Based on the diaries of the real Colin Sutton, this new series shows how Colin's assistance led to the case being solved and an incredibly dangerous individual being taken off the streets in just a matter of weeks.

What our TV critics say: "It’s a disturbing subject matter, but Clunes handles it with great care as we delve into a high-profile detailed investigation conducted with diligence."

Number of seasons: 2
Episodes: 7
Average episode length: 60 minutes

Hollington Drive

Hollington Drive

Hollington Drive stars Anna Maxwell Martin and Rachael Stirling. (Image credit: ITV)

Hollington Drive is a psychological thriller that features The Bletchley Circle co-stars, Anna Maxwell Martin and Rachael Stirling, as Theresa and Helen — two sisters who are pillars of their local communities. Their seemingly perfect lives are turned upside down when a neighbor informs Theresa that her 10-year-old son Alex has gone missing and Theresa suspects her and Helen's children could be responsible.

What our TV critics say: "A tense drama with two great female leads."

Number of seasons: 1
Episodes: 4
Average episode length: 50 minutes

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 by the same name. It stars Ben Miller as Professor James Tempest, from Cambridge University — an eccentric but genius criminologist with OCD. 

After a student is attacked on the university campus, Professor Tempest becomes involved in the police investigation. Detective Inspector Lisa Donckers (Emma Naomi) believes he is the perfect fit for the case and he becomes a police advisor on a series of cases.

Describing the show’s appeal, Ben Miller 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 season is available on ITV Hub (opens in new tab). The full season is also available to watch on BritBox.

What our TV critics say: "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 say: "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 (opens in new tab). 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 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 say: "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 say: "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 cast of The Bay season 3

Marsha Thomason (front) took over from Morven Christie as the new lead for The Bay season 3. (Image credit: ITV/Ben Blackall/Tall Story Pictures)

Morven Christie stars as Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong in this gripping crime drama, set in the seaside town of Morecambe on the west coast of England. Season 1 sees Lisa 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, saw her being stalked by a mysterious figure whilst getting to the bottom of another murder.

After a little time away from our screens, The Bay season 3 saw the drama return with a new Family Liaison Officer in tow. Marsha Thomason stepped into Morven Christie's shoes as DS Jenn Townend, a new FLO who found herself thrown into the deep end when a body is found in Morecambe Bay on her very first day at her new police department. If these cases hook you in, a fourth series is on the way.

What our TV critics say: "There are plenty of red herrings in episode one and, based on the twists and turns in previous series, this will not be an easy case for Jenn, her boss or viewers to crack."

Number of seasons: 3
Episodes: 6 per season 
Average episode length:
45 minutes 

Vera

Brenda Blethyn as DCI Vera Stanhope.

Brenda Blethyn as DCI Vera Stanhope (Image credit: ITV)

Vera has been delighting crime drama fans for a whole decade now, and the fan-favorite, no-nonsense police officer based on the best-selling crime novels of Anne Cleeves (opens in new tab) is back to crack even more cases in 2022. 

Vera season 11 has been split up into chunks; two episodes aired back in August 2021, two are airing on ITV in January 2022, and the final two episodes are set to air later in the year. 

What our TV critics say: "There is mystery, murder and a kidnapping as the popular crime drama returns with two new episodes. Tonight’s opener sees intrepid DCI Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn) and loyal colleague DS Healy (Kenny Doughty) called to a container port in Blyth to investigate a heist that’s gone awry. When a lorry believed to be full of TVs and laptops tears off at breakneck speed, two staff are injured, one critically. What exactly is in the container? ★★★★"

Number of seasons: 11 

Episodes: 38

Average episode length: 120 minutes 

Finding Alice

Keeley Hawes in Finding Alice.

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

Finding Alice is a contemporary ITV dramedy, starring Keeley Hawes as a woman who has lost her husband. 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. 

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 (opens in new tab).

What our TV critics say: "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 season two!"

Number of seasons: 1
Episodes:
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 a crime drama focusing on historical cold 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 season 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 say: "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:
Episodes:
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 real-life crime drama. 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 Coastal Path. The second crime was committed almost four years earlier, at Scoveston Manor. 

Steve Wilkins believed that convicted burglar, John Cooper, was responsible for both crimes. However, he didn’t have enough evidence to prove it. In a strange and bizarre twist, the killer’s eventual downfall was partly due to his appearance on the 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. 

What our TV critics say: "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 Simm in Grace.

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

This feature-length drama — which is an adaptation of Peter James' bestselling novels (opens in new tab) — 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 say: "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: 2
Episodes: 4
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 a supernatural theme running throughout, making it all the more chilling. 

Adapted from the novel 'Burial' by Neil Cross (opens in new tab)— the author 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 unraveling 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. 

What our TV critics say: "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 during the 1970s and 80s. His crimes were only discovered when a neighbor 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 say: "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

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 say: "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