Toby Jones, David Morrissey, Katherine Kelly, Lee Ingleby, Jill Halfpenny, Jasmine Lee-Jones, Liz White, and Daniel Mays are set to headline the upcoming true crime drama, "The Long Shadow." This gripping series, produced by New Pictures and penned by acclaimed screenwriter George Kay (known for "Hijack" and "Criminal: UK"), is scheduled to premiere on ITV1 and ITVX next month.
"The Long Shadow" is a meticulously crafted 7-episode, 60-minute drama that offers a definitive portrayal of the intense five-year pursuit of serial killer Peter Sutcliffe. It sensitively delves into the lives of the victims who crossed paths with the killer and the dedicated officers leading the relentless police investigation. By placing the victims, their families, and the survivors at the heart of the narrative, "The Long Shadow" provides a fresh perspective on a well-documented story.
The series draws from exhaustive research, utilizing an extensive archive of investigation materials, including hundreds of case files, interview transcripts, and police reports. It also takes inspiration from Michael Bilton's critically acclaimed account of the case, "Wicked Beyond Belief," published by William Collins.
Talented actor Toby Jones assumes the role of DCS Dennis Hoban, who initially spearheaded the inquiry, while David Morrissey portrays DCS George Oldfield, the investigator famously associated with the case. Lee Ingleby steps into the shoes of DCS Jim Hobson, and Katherine Kelly embodies Emily Jackson, alongside Daniel Mays as Sydney Jackson and Shaun Thomas as their son, Neil Jackson.
The ensemble cast also features Jill Halfpenny as Doreen Hill, Daisy Waterstone as her daughter, Jacqueline Hill, Jasmine Lee-Jones as Marcella Claxton, Molly Wright as Donna Deangelo, Liz White as PS Meg Winterburn, and Shaun Dooley as DCS Chris Gregg.
Further adding to the exceptional lineup are Alexa Davies, Chloe Harris, Stephen Tompkinson, Jack Deam, Michael McElhatton, Adam Long, Ruth Madeley, Dorothy Atkinson, Rob James-Collier, Charley Webb, Steven Waddington, and Kris Hitchen.
This compelling drama explores the far-reaching impact of a single murder, casting a long shadow over an entire society. Each victim leaves behind friends and loved ones, while the police officers carry the weight of near misses and guilt, knowing that their failure allowed more women to suffer. The trauma endures for those left behind, constituting their own life sentences.
In today's climate, where society is holding accountable the institutions that perpetuate misogyny, racism, and violence against women, "The Long Shadow" serves as a powerful mirror to the past while drawing alarming parallels with recent tragic events.
Produced in Yorkshire by the award-winning independent production company New Pictures, known for their critically acclaimed dramas like "Des" and "White House Farm," "The Long Shadow" was commissioned by ITV's Head of Drama, Polly Hill. The series is produced in association with Sundance Now, which holds exclusive rights in the U.S. and Canada, and All3Media International.
Polly Hill, ITV's Head of Drama, commented, "George's scripts and Lewis' direction, together with this wonderful cast, have produced a sensitive and brilliant drama that we are proud to have on ITV."