The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder in Angel Lane

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: The Murder in Angel Lane

Series 2

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Review

After a successful 2011 adaptation of Kate Summerscale’s bestseller The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, ITV has hung on to its real-life central character for a second outing. But while the book was based on a true story, The Murder in Angel Lane is entirely fiction, written by Neil McKay (Appropriate Adult).

Paddy Considine is back as Victorian detective Jack Whicher, though after that first case ended in ignominy he’s no longer a police officer. But he is a man of decency and principles and when a genteel woman (Olivia Colman) is in obvious distress, he offers his help. She wants to find her niece, who’s disappeared with her newborn baby. The hunt takes Whicher through London’s dim alleyways and homes for fallen women.

It’s classily written and both Considine and, of course, Colman make you care.

Summary

Another chance to see the second instalment of the crime drama starring Paddy Considine as the pioneering 19th-century inspector. Having left the Metropolitan Police under a cloud, Whicher's days as a detective are behind him. However, when he saves a respectable country lady from a violent robbery in a dangerous part of London, she hires him to investigate the savage murder of her 16-year-old niece. The investigation pits Whicher against wealthy and powerful figures, as well his former colleagues in the Met, and leads to a psychiatric institution where he must confront his own demons. Co-starring Olivia Colman, Shaun Dingwall and Mark Bazeley.

Cast & Crew

Jack Whicher Paddy Considine
Susan Spencer Olivia Colman
Insp George Lock Shaun Dingwall
Thomas Gann Mark Bazeley
Chief Insp Dolly William Beck
Commissioner Mayne Tim Pigott-Smith
Joshua Gann Sean Baker
Rev Marlow Justin Edwards
Dr Casement Alistair Petrie
Stephen Gann William Postlethwaite
Director Christopher Menaul
Executive Producer Mark Redhead
Producer Rob Bullock
Writer Neil McKay
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