New detective drama The Long Call made its ITV debut last night, leaving fans on a huge cliffhanger when a girl from the Barum Brethren community went missing.


Thankfully, we won't have to wait too long to find out what happened as the series continues tonight, with all episodes airing consecutively this week up until Thursday.

Based on Ann Cleeves' novel of the same name, The Long Call stars Ben Aldridge as Matthew Venn, a detective who returns to his Devon hometown to grieve for his father and investigate the murder of a mysterious local.

Featuring picturesque filming locations and a stellar cast that includes Doctor Who's Pearl Mackie and The Village's Juliet Stevenson, The Long Call is a nail-biting drama that makes for perfect autumn viewing.

Read on for everything you need to know about The Long Call, or check out our four-star review.

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The Long Call release date

ITV is banking on this being a big hit and they have scheduled it accordingly. All four episodes of The Long Call will air on the the channel across a single week – the first episode premiered on Monday, 25th October and the series will conclude on Thursday, 28th October.

Episodes will also be available to stream on both the ITV Hub and BritBox straight after broadcast.

The Long Call cast

Ben Aldridge and Pearl Mackie in ITV's The Long Call

Ben Aldridge plays Detective Inspector Matthew Venn, who has returned to live in a small community in North Devon with his husband, Jonathan (Declan Bennett) – Aldridge is a busy guy at the moment, also playing the role of Thomas Wayne in Batman prequel series Pennyworth, which is still awaiting word on a season three. He previously appeared in Fleabag and had a memorable lead role on Our Girl.

Ben is joined by some talented people too in The Long Call cast: Juliet Stevenson (One of Us), Pearl Mackie (Doctor Who), Martin Shaw (Inspector George Gently) and Anita Dobson (EastEnders) will all be sharing the screen with him in major roles.

What is The Long Call about?

An adaptation of the Ann Cleeves novel of the same name, The Long Call is about a detective, DI Matthew Venn, investigating a murder while at the same time coming to terms with some dramatic and painful events from his own past. He and his husband make a return to the small North Devon community he grew up in, but he was rejected by his family when he last saw them.

And it is not just his family, his old church have turned their back on him too, so it makes things very awkward for him when he returns to attend his father's funeral. Add to his troubles a murder case he has to look into and it would appear that Matthew will be very busy over the course of the four episodes.

The Long Call trailer

At the time of writing, no trailer has been released for The Long Call but considering how close we are to the start date, we imagine one will be dropping any day now. As soon as it does, we'll have it right here for you.


The Long Call starts on Monday, 25th October at 9pm on ITV. Visit our TV Guide to see what’s on tonight, or check out the rest of our Drama coverage.