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The Suspect: Release date, cast and news for Aidan Turner ITV thriller

Aidan Turner stars as a clinical psychologist helping with a police case – but does he have something to hide?

Aidan Turner as Joe O'Loughlin in The Suspect.
Published: Monday, 29th August 2022 at 1:03 pm
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Aidan Turner is back on our screens tonight in ITV's brand new thriller The Suspect – not to be confused with Channel 4's James Nesbitt drama Suspect from earlier in the year.


The five-parter stars Turner as Joe O'Loughlin, a clinical psychologist who appears to live a perfect life and is brought in to help on a case that could be either a murder of a suicide.

As the detectives begin to dig more into Joe's past, they start to suspect that he may be holding onto a dark secret – but was he involved in the death at hand?

With a stellar cast featuring the likes of Shaun Parkes and Anjli Mohindra, The Suspect brings Michael Robotham's novel of the same name to life – and if you can't get enough of the story, there's more to the Joe O'Loughlin tale in Robotham's book franchise.

Turner spoke about his own research for the series, meeting a Parkinson's patient to inform his own character who is dealing with a Parkinson's diagnosis in the series, while the show's boss told that it almost got made five years ago, but due to a rights issue is just coming to screens now.

Read on for everything you need to know about The Suspect on ITV.

When will The Suspect air on ITV?

The Suspect will air on Bank Holiday Monday on 29th August 2022 at 9pm BST.

The episode will air on ITV and will be available online at ITV Hub.

The series consists of five episodes.

What is The Suspect about?

The Suspect
Shaun Parkes and Anjli Mohindra also star in The Suspect. ITV

The Suspect is based Michael Robotham's novel of the same name and focuses on Joe O'Loughlin, played by Aidan Turner.

The official synopsis for the series says that O'Loughlin "appears to have the perfect life – a devoted wife, a loving daughter, successful practice as a clinical psychologist, media profile and a publishing deal. He’s even a hero online after rescuing a young patient who was ready to jump from the tenth floor of the hospital where Joe works."

It continues: "When a young woman is found in a shallow grave in a West London cemetery, veteran police officer DI Vincent Ruiz and his young partner DS Riya Devi are assigned to the investigation. But has the young woman been murdered or is this a case of suicide?

"As a successful author, Doctor Joe’s opinion is much sought after and when he meets DS Devi he’s only too willing to offer help with profiling and his expertise.

"Now known for his risk-taking and rule-breaking, does Joe have more to hide? His recent diagnosis with a degenerative condition could explain his behaviour. But as the investigation into Catherine’s death gathers pace, we start to ask, do we know the real Joe, or does he have a secret life? And has his work as a clinical psychologist allowed him to develop a criminal mindset? Or worse?"

The Suspect cast: Who stars alongside Aidan Turner?

Aidan Turner in The Suspect
Aidan Turner in The Suspect. ITV

The series stars Aidan Turner (Poldark), who is joined in the series by Shaun Parkes (Small Axe) and Anjli Mohindra (Vigil). Meanwhile, the cast is rounded out by Sian Clifford (Fleabag) and Camilla Beeput (Peep Show) amongst others. Here's a full list of the cast announced to be appearing in The Suspect so far:

  • Aidan Turner as Dr Joseph O’Loughlin
  • Shaun Parkes as DI Ruiz
  • Anjli Mohindra as DS Devi
  • Sian Clifford as TBC
  • Camilla Beeput as TBC
  • Adam James as TBC
  • Bobby Schofield as TBC

The Suspect trailer

The trailer for The Suspect has now been released, and you can watch it right here:

The Suspect will air on ITV tonight at 9pm. For more to watch, check out our Drama coverage or visit our TV Guide to see what’s on tonight.


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