ITV’s murder- mystery is a gripper Released out now Director Richard Clark distributor Acorn Media available on DVD
n Richard Clark’s four- part TV mini- series, a man convicted of murder has his sentence overturned on a technicality. Back in the local community but far from keeping a low profile, he is hell- bent on proving he didn’t kill his wife and fights to regain custody of two estranged children. It might all sound a touch melodramatic, but Innocent gets plenty of creative mileage from its thoroughly gripping whodunit plot and classic themes of guilt, envy and corruption.
Dave Collins ( Lee Ingleby) has served seven years for the crime he’s adamant he didn’t commit. On a cold winter night in 2009, his wife was bludgeoned to death with a hammer. He had motivation to do it – she was sleeping with his best friend – but other suspects are of course unearthed. What also drives Innocent so compellingly is how much is hinged on our doubts about Dave. Is he truly not guilty? Or is he a classic narcissist and sociopath, whose bruised ego won’t rest until everybody – the police, the locals and family – accept his version of events?
As well as clear his name, Dave must duke it out ( via lawyers) with ex- sister- in- law Alice ( Hermione Norris), who fostered the kids and poisoned them against him. Norris is superb as the Machiavellian Alice, and her character’s sad backstory adds some extra fuel to the unfolding mystery.
Handsomely shot and seamlessly merging Irish and British coastal locations ( filming took place in Malahide, Ireland and along the coast of Hampshire and East Sussex), Innocent is an intriguing watch from start to finish. The third act reveal, too, is satisfying and won’t leave you feeling short- changed.