ACTORS James Nesbitt, Richard E. Grant and Ben Miller are set to appear in a gripping new Channel 4 thriller Suspect.
The drama is an adaptation of a Danish series and sees James play veteran detective Danny Frater, who turns up at a hospital mortuary for what he thinks is a routine ID check on a young woman's body only to discover that it is his estranged daughter.
The post-mortem report finds that Christina, played by Imogen King, has taken her own life but Danny refuses to accept this and sets out on a mission for the truth.
Danny and Christina had a complicated father-daughter relationship in recent years.
But he refuses to accept that she would have ended her own life and begins to retrace her last days and hours, in an agonising crusade to discover what really happened to his only child.
The eight-part series will also feature Outlander actor Sam Heughan, The Tudor's Joely Richardson and Shameless actress Anne-Marie Duff.
He meets those closest to her, her partner, Nicola (Niamh Algar), her best friend, Maia (Antonia Thomas), her business partner, Jaisal (Sacha Dhawan), her godfather, Ryan (Heughan), her mentor, Harry (Grant) and finally her mother, Susannah, who is Danny's ex-wife (Duff).
Danny learns about his daughter's descent into delinquency and is forced to confront his own failings as a father.
He also struggles to make sense of a mass of contradictory testimony and circumstantial evidence, and he must decide who, if anyone, is responsible for Christina’s death and what he’s going to do about it.
Richardson will play Jackie, the pathologist who carries out the post mortem on Christina's body, while Miller plays Richard, Danny's boss.
Nesbitt, said: "I could relate to Danny, with his flaws, vulnerabilities and the devastating situation he faces, from the very first moment I picked up the script.
"Each episode of Suspect is an intensely theatrical double-hander, a psychological battle of wits between Danny and another character who may know something about his daughter's untimely death, and I really can't wait to lock horns with my fellow cast members and to lead this incredible array of acting talent."
The show has been written and adapted by Before We Die's Matt Baker and will be directed by Dries Vos.
Caroline Hollick, head of drama at Channel 4, said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome James Nesbitt back to Channel 4 to take the lead in this gripping, visceral thriller.
"It’s a testament to James’ star power and Matt’s gripping scripts that Suspect has attracted such a sensationally stellar ensemble cast.”
Jo McGrath, Executive Producer and CCO of Eagle Eye Drama, commented: “Suspect has a distinctive narrative architecture which is both incredibly intimate and very intense, which represents an exciting challenge for any actor and I’m sure that’s one of the reasons we have attracted such a high calibre, talented cast.”
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