Olivia Colman stars in trailer for The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

The Broadchurch actress acts alongside Paddy Considine and William Postlethwaite in the return of the 19th-century detective drama

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Is there no respite for poor Olivia Colman?

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There she was last week in Broadchurch (spoiler!) reacting to the news that her husband was the murderer she’d been seeking for the last eight episodes, and now she’s set to star as the distraught aunt of a missing teenager in ITV period crime drama The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.

The 39-year-old, who’s also appeared in more upbeat comedies Rev, Peep Show and Twenty Twelve, plays Susan Spencer, a woman looking for her missing niece Mary, in a part which looks to be as heart-wrenching as the role she played to criticial acclaim in Broadchurch.

The drama sees 16-year-old Mary travel up to London in search of Stephen Gann (William Postlethwaite), a young man whose child she is carrying. But when she mysteriously vanishes, Susan hires Mr Whicher to investigate Mary’s disappearance.

Colman, who was announced to have joined the drama earlier this year, will star alongside Paddy Considine, who is reprising the role of Jack Whicher following the success of the first episode which aired in 2011. The Suspicions of Mr Whicher is based on real-life pioneering detective Inspector Jonathan ‘Jack’ Whicher, who worked in the fledgling Detective Branch of the Metropolitan Police during the 1800s.

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The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder in Angel Lane is on Sunday 12 May at 8:00pm on ITV