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Without Sin — cast, plot, first look, and all you need to know about Vicky McClure's new thriller

First look! Without Sin star Vicky McClure as Stella Tomlinson in the ITVX drama.
First look! Without Sin star Vicky McClure as Stella Tomlinson in the ITVX drama. (Image credit: ITV)

Without Sin is a gripping four-part psychological thriller starring Line of Duty actress Vicky McClure and her former This Is England co-star Johnny Harris.

The new drama comes to new ITV streaming service ITVX in autumn 2022 and explores the relationship which develops between a grieving mother and the man she believes murdered her daughter.

Award-winning actress Vicky McClure (Line of Duty, This is England, Broadchurch, Trigger Point) will play the leading role of Stella Tomlinson, whose 14-year-old daughter Maisy, is found dead at their family home with the bloodied, hooded figure of Charles Stone (Johnny Harris) standing over her. Without Sin was filmed in Nottingham and Shrewsbury.

Speaking of the new thriller, Polly Hill, ITV’s Head of Drama said: "Without Sin is a brilliantly compelling story while carefully dealing with a mother’s grief at the loss of her daughter. "Vicky and Johnny as Stella and Charles will be addictive viewing. I’m delighted to be working with BYO Films and Left Bank Pictures.”

So here's everything you need to know about Without Sin on ITVX...

After Line of Duty and This Is England Vicky McClure now stars in ITVX drama Without Sin..

After Line of Duty and This Is England Vicky McClure now stars in ITVX drama Without Sin.. (Image credit: Getty)

Without Sin release date

There is no confirmed air date for Without Sin yet, but we do know that it will air on new streaming service ITVX in autumn 2022 before it arrives on ITV at a later date. We'll update with any international release date when we can.

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What is the plot of Without Sin? 

The Nottingham-based drama focuses upon Stella’s life three years on from the death of her teenage daughter and how she is still hostage to her grief. The loss of her beloved only child has created deep divisions in her life, as she struggles on a daily basis to come to terms with what happened. 

Wracked with guilt and remorse at the events of that night, she chooses to live a nocturnal existence as an Uber driver and is estranged from her husband Paul, who still lives in the family home. 

When contacted by Restorative Justice, and in an attempt to move on, Stella and Paul reunite to listen to a taped recording of Charles, who they believe wants to atone for his sins and apologise for murdering their daughter.

Following this development, Stella returns to her roots in the Millfields estate. Surrounding herself with the people she trusts and holds dear, her mother Jessie and best friend Remy, she decides to take things with Charles one step further.

Stella agrees to visit the prison alongside a Restorative Justice Mediator and come face to face with her daughter’s killer. But nothing could prepare her for what Charles has to say next… 

Without Sin cast — who's starring

Much-loved Line Of Duty star Vicky McClure will take centre stage in the gripping thriller to play leading role of Stella Tomlinson. Speaking of her new role, Vicky said: "I am also thrilled to be working once again with my good friend, and one of the UK’s finest actors, Johnny Harris, along with members of Nottingham’s The Television Workshop. To be filming in my home town is a dream come true."

Johnny Harris will play Charles. Best know for starring opposite Vicky in This Is England, Johnny has also had memorbale roles in The Salisbury Poisonings, Medici and Troy: Fall of a City. Also look out for Johnny as Magwitch in BBC1's Great Expectations later in 2022.

Vicky shared an image on her social media of her on set as the cameras for Without Sin started rolling... 

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Joining Vicky on Without Sin is acclaimed film and television actor, Johnny Harris (The Salisbury Poisonings, Medici, Troy: Fall of a City) who will play killer Charles.

Executive producers are Andy Harries, Sian McWilliams, Vicky McClure, Johnny Harris, whilst the drama will be produced by Guy Hescott and directed by Al Mackay.

Johnny Harris plays mysterious Charles in Without Sin.

Johnny Harris plays mysterious Charles in Without Sin. (Image credit: Getty)

Is there a trailer for Without Sin?

There's no trailer for Without Sin just yet, but as soon as one is released we will add it to this guide. 

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 


After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off


She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 


As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.