BAFTA Award nominated actress OLIVIA COLMAN (Tyrannosaur, Twenty Twelve, Rev) will co-star in The Suspicions of Mr Whicher II : The Murder In Angel Lane alongside PADDY CONSIDINE (The Bourne Ultimatum, Submarine, Red Riding), who returns to the role of Jack Whicher following the
success of film drama The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, which aired on ITV1 in April 2011.
Produced by Hat Trick Productions, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher II is based on the life and times of Inspector Jonathan ‘Jack’ Whicher, the real-life pioneering detective who worked in the newly established Detective Branch of the Metropolitan Police during the 19th Century. In the new film Olivia plays Susan Spencer, who employs Mr Whicher as a private inquiry agent to investigate the savage murder of her niece, 16 year old Mary.
The Suspicions of Mr Whicher II films over the next four weeks in Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire and central London. The two-hour film is written by BAFTA award-winning Neil McKay (Appropriate Adult, Mo, See No Evil: The Moors Murders).The fictional story draws upon historical research into the detective career of Jack Whicher, medical, legal and policing practices of the day and both the
criminal world and the apparently respectable Victorian society into which hiswork led him. The original film was based on the best-selling book by Kate Summerscale, which brought to light Inspector Whicher’s ground-breaking career as one of the world’s first detectives. Kate has given her blessing to the new film.
Hat Trick’s Head of Drama Mark Redhead