ON THE HUNT FOR CLUNES

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

BE­SIDES MyKitchenR­ules, switch on Chan­nel 7 these days and you’re likely to find the pudgy face of Martin Clunes (pic­tured) star­ing back at you. There are the travel guides, the coastal walks and now, this com­pelling crime drama, drawn straight from the head­lines. Clunes plays De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Colin Sut­ton, on the trail of se­rial killer, Levi Bell­field, who was con­victed of killing three young women in south-west Lon­don and Sur­rey in the early 2000s. The ten­sion builds over the course of this tight three-part se­ries, which recre­ates the cru­cial parts of the case and how Sut­ton pieced to­gether the who­dun­nit. In real life, the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­lied heav­ily on chill­ing CCTV footage of the last move­ments of the women – one on a bus af­ter she missed her usual stop; an­other also trav­el­ling home on pub­lic trans­port with­out a care in the world, not know­ing her life would be ended soon af­ter. The real Sut­ton or­dered ev­ery piece of CCTV footage from miles around be drawn in and ex­am­ined for clues to the killer’s ev­ery move. He would later write a book on the case, which is the ba­sis for this TV se­ries. Clunes shows his range in this role – very dif­fer­ent from his pop­u­lar place on TV as grumpy old man, Doc Martin. The show has been praised for drop­ping the usual dra­matic hy­per­bole and treat­ing the story re­spon­si­bly. Worth your in­vest­ment of small screen time.

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