A brand new crime drama is coming to our screens, and if the books on which the show is based off are anything to go by, it looks to be a good one.
The Long Call is a new four-part drama series based on an adaption of the best-selling novel of the same title from the award-winning writer Ann Cleeves whose books have already been turned into the successful Shetland TV series.
The crime drama series follows Detective Inspector Matthew Venn (Ben Aldridge), who has returned to live in a small community in North Devon with his husband, Jonathan (Declan Bennett).
It was in a small town here where Matthew Venn grew up before leaving to go to University, and he never returned.
This was because at 19 he knew he couldn’t continue amongst the community, hiding his sexuality. Now he’s back, in the place where it all began, not just to grieve for his father, but to lead a shocking murder investigation.
The first episode will see DI Matthew Venn and his team find a body on a beach in North Devon. They shortly learn they must search for a way into a case that has no witnesses, no forensics and no motive.
Meanwhile, Matthew has his own personal problems as he is also dealing with the death of his father and being thrust back into a community he was forced to leave.
Speaking about his role, actor Ben Aldridge said: ‘I’m delighted to be playing Matthew Venn, a brilliantly unorthodox detective who audiences will see solving a gripping and intricate case, whilst simultaneously surmounting a deeper, more personal mystery within himself.
‘It’s a poignant and complex journey of self-discovery and sexual and religious identity, which navigates the tension between pride and shame, and I feel privileged to be bringing it to ITV viewers in The Long Call.’
The new series ‘The Long Call’ starts Oct 28 on Virgin Media One at 9pm with the entire boxset drop coming to Virgin Media Player after episode one.