ON THE HUNT FOR CLUNES
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.