Suspect: Channel 4 release date, trailer, and cast

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James Nesbitt stars in a new Channel 4 crime drama in which a police officer interrogates new suspects every episode

Suspect, a new crime drama starring James Nesbitt, is set to begin Sunday 19 June on Channel 4.

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The series, which sees Nesbitt’s DS Frater interrogate a new suspect each episode, stars Sam Heughan, Sacha Dhawan, Richard E Grant and Antonia Thomas among others.

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Here’s everything you need to know about suspects.

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Why is?

Suspect is a crime drama about the death of a young woman. The circumstances of her death are unclear, and it is unclear whether or not she committed suicide – or if she was murdered.

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Her estranged father, Detective Sergeant Danny Frater, is convinced she didn’t kill herself and tries to prove it by investigating her friends and colleagues. Each episode follows a different interrogation featuring only DS Frater and the suspect he is talking to.

Who is in the cast?

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A promotional image for Channel 4 crime drama Suspect. LR: Sam Heughan, Anne-Marie Duff, Richard E. Grant, Joely Richardson, James Nesbitt, Ben Miller, Antonia Thomas, Sacha Dhawan and Niamh Algar blurred to a purple background . (Image credit: Channel 4)

James Nesbitt plays DS Danny Frater, the only character to appear in every episode of the series. You may know Nesbitt from crime dramas like Bloodlines or Stay Close, horror drama Jekyll or his starring role in the series Cold Feet. He also appeared in the final season of Line of Duty as one of the most memorable guest stars.

Sam Heughan plays Ryan while Ben Miller plays Richard, both of Danny’s fellow cops. Heughan is best known for his starring role in Outlander, while you might recognize Miller from Bridgerton, Primeval, or the Armstrong & Miller show.

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Niamh Algar plays Nicola, a person close to Danny’s daughter Christina. Algar has previously appeared in Raised by Wolves, MotherFatherSon and Pure.

Joely Richardson plays pathologist Jackie Snowden, while Antonia Thomas plays a colleague of Christina’s. Richardson is best known for The Tudors and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, while you may know Thomas from US drama The Good Doctor.

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Sacha Dhawan plays Jaisal, a local gangster, while Richard E Grant plays Christina’s mentor, Harry. Both have appeared in Doctor Who and Marvel projects (Grant in Loki and Dhawan in Iron Fist); Grant is very good at Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Dhawan is great in In the Club.

Anne-Marie Duff plays Susannah, Danny’s ex-wife and Christina’s mother. She is best known for her breakthrough role as Fiona Gallagher on Shameless, but has starred in Sex Education, His Dark Materials and The Salisbury Poisonings in recent years.

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Imogen King plays Danny’s daughter Christina. King is best known for his roles in ITV’s detective drama The Bay and BBC Three thriller Clique.

Is there a trailer

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Yes there is! You can watch it right here.

Who writes and directs Suspect?

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Matt Baker (Professor T, Hotel Portofino) has written every episode of Suspect, while Dries Vos (Professor T, De Biker Boys) is directing.

When and how can I see Suspect?

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Suspect begins Sunday June 19th at 9pm on Channel 4. The series will double episodes every night from Sunday to Wednesday – first two episodes on Sunday, episodes 3 and 4 on Monday etc.

It will also be available to watch on All4.

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How many episodes does Suspect have?

Suspect includes a total of eight episodes, each approximately 23 minutes long.

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Why should I see Suspect?

It’s an interesting departure from the norm when it comes to crime drama, and it’s worth noting this unusual structural conceit.

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