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ITV Announces Second Series Of 'Innocent' Starring Katherine Kelly - And It Sounds Wild

ITV Announces Second Series Of 'Innocent' Starring Katherine Kelly - And It Sounds Wild

If, like us, you were glued to your screen for the first series of ITV's gripping whodunnit Innocent, then you'll be pleased to hear that the critically acclaimed show has been confirmed for a second season.

Katherine Kelly (Cheat, Mr Selfridge) will take on the lead role of Sally Wright, who is determined to prove her innocence, regardless of the odds stacked against her.

Following the ratings success of season one, co-creators Chris Lang and Matt Arlidge are back in the writing room working their magic on a brand-new story, alongside fellow exec-producer Jeremy Gwilt.

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Talking about the upcoming season, Katherine commented: "I'm thrilled to be working on this complex and thrilling drama by Matt Arlidge and Chris Lang.

"I look forward to bringing the mix of Sally's fragility and quiet strength to life."

So, what can we expect from the second season?

Well, Innocent II will focus on the scandal that rocked the small Cumbrian town of Keswick in 2015 involving school teacher, Sally Wright, who was alleged to be having an affair with her 16-year-old pupil, Matty Taylor.

The first series of Innocent was one of ITV's highest rated dramas of 2018 with an average of over 7 million viewers for each of the four episodes (Credit: ITV)
The first series of Innocent was one of ITV's highest rated dramas of 2018 with an average of over 7 million viewers for each of the four episodes (Credit: ITV)

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When Matty is found dead, brutally stabbed with a broken cider bottle, suspicion falls upon Sally who had admitted to taking special interest in the boy.

Despite having no criminal record and vehemently protesting her innocence, and the fact she couldn't be placed at the remote beauty spot on the day Matty was killed, Sally was convicted and sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in jail.

The series opens with Sally appearing at Carlisle Crown Court, determined to prove her innocence. Everything is at stake: her relationship, home and marriage to Probation Officer, Sam, her job as Head of English at a local comprehensive, her good name in the community, and personal contact with her aging mother who lives in a care home.

Then, Sally is given a lifeline when new evidence places her six miles from the murder scene.

Katherine previously starred in 'Mr Selfridge' (Credit: ITV)
Katherine previously starred in 'Mr Selfridge' (Credit: ITV)
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When the forewoman pronounces Sally is 'not guilty' of the crime, the headteacher sets out to assist the police and Matty's parents, John and Maria Taylor, find the real killer.

Right now, we don't have an air date for the series, but as it's already started filming on location in the Lake District and Ireland, we shouldn't have too long to wait.

Katherine will be joined by Jamie Bamber playing Sally's husband Sam, as well as Priyanga Burford, Shaun Dooley and Amy-Leigh Hickman.


ITV Drama Commissioner Huw Kennair Jones said: "Innocent II is a thriller which keeps you guessing to the very end. Chris and Matt's brilliant scripts are compelling and the characters incredibly relatable. We're thrilled to be working again with TXTV and Chris Lang on a second instalment of Innocent."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: TV and Film, TV News, TV Entertainment, ITV

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