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Unveiling The Long Shadow: a star-studded true crime drama-live you can’t miss.

August 9, 2023
Unveiling The Long Shadow: a star-studded true crime drama-live you can’t miss.

Are you ready for a gripping journey into the depths of a chilling true crime story? Brace yourselves, because ITV’s upcoming drama-live, “The Long Shadow,” is set to captivate audiences with its powerful narrative and an ensemble cast that includes familiar faces from Line of Duty and Detectorists. With Toby Jones, David Morrissey, Katherine Kelly, Jill Halfpenny, and Daniel Mays leading the charge, this star-studded cast is bound to deliver an unforgettable viewing experience.

Based on the harrowing true events of the desperate five-year manhunt for notorious serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, also known as The Yorkshire Ripper, “The Long Shadow” promises to sensitively explore both the victims’ stories and the relentless police investigation that sought justice. What sets this series apart is its unwavering focus on the lives of those affected – the victims, their families, and the dedicated officers at the heart of the investigation.

Intriguingly penned by George Kay, the mastermind behind hits like “Hijack” and “Lupin,” and directed by Lewis Arnold of “Des” and “Sherwood” fame, “The Long Shadow” weaves together-live the haunting narrative of a community plunged into darkness by one heinous murder. The series promises to be a nuanced exploration of the far-reaching impact that a single crime can have on individuals, families, and society as a whole.

Drawing inspiration from Michael Bilton’s acclaimed book “Wicked Beyond Belief,” alongside exhaustive research using case files, interviews, and police reports, “The Long Shadow” is a meticulously crafted drama-live that brings a new perspective to a well-documented story. This attention to detail ensures that viewers will be transported back in time, gaining insight into the complex emotions and challenge-live-lives faced by both the investigators and the victims.

The casting choices alone are reason enough to tune in. Toby Jones, who showcased his remarkable talent in “Detectorists,” takes on a key role as DCS Dennis Hoban, while David Morrissey steps into the shoes of DCS George Oldfield, the investigator who famously took on the case. And let’s not forget Line of Duty’s Daniel Mays, whose portrayal of Sydney Jackson is sure to be nothing short of exceptional.

But the talent doesn’t stop there. Katherine Kelly, known for her work on “Coronation Street,” takes on the role of victim Emily Jackson, and Jill Halfpenny, of “EastEnders” fame, portrays her grieving mother Doreen Hill. With a stellar supporting cast including Lee Ingleby, Daisy Waterstone, and more, “The Long Shadow” is a showcase of acting prowess that promises to leave a lasting impact.

At a time when societal issues like misogyny, racism, and violence against women are being scrutinized, “The Long Shadow” couldn’t be more relevant. As we delve into a story that parallels our present-day challenge-live-lives, the series encourages reflection on the past and the strides we still need to make as a society.

As the anticipation builds, mark your calendars for September when “The Long Shadow” is set to air on ITV1. With its rich storytelling, stellar cast, and thought-provoking themes, this drama-live is poised to be an exceptional addition to the world of television. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the conversation – tune in and witness the unveiling of “The Long Shadow.”

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