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New Crime Drama 'Traces' Starring 'Line Of Duty' Star Martin Compston Starts Tonight

New Crime Drama 'Traces' Starring 'Line Of Duty' Star Martin Compston Starts Tonight

We've been eagerly awaiting Martin Compston's new crime drama for a while now - and the good news is it finally starts tonight. Horray!

The six-part drama, Traces, premiere's tonight on Alibi, with the Line of Duty actor taking on a love interest role.

Traces is set in Dundee, Scotland and follows Emma Hedges, played by Molly Windsor from Cheat and Three Girls, who takes up a position as a lab assistant at The Scottish Institute of Forensic Science, taking an online course that teaches forensic principles.

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She soon realises the fictitious study she's given to work on - set by professor of chemistry Sarah Gordon (Laura Fraser, Breaking Bad) and professor of forensic anthropology Kathy Torrence (Jennifer Spence, You, Me, Her) - resembles that of her mother, who was murdered when she was seven.

Emma turns to Kathy and Sarah who put her in touch with DI McKinven (Michael Nardone) to investigate the case. Along the way, she reconnects with her dad Drew (John Gordon Sinclair, World War Z), childhood friend Skye (Jamie Marie Leary, Clique), her mum Izzy (Laurie Brett, Waterloo), while falling for Daniel, played by Martin Compston.

Laura Fraser and Michael Nardone also star (Credit: UKTV)
Laura Fraser and Michael Nardone also star (Credit: UKTV)

"It will be Sarah and Kathy's exacting minds that reward Emma's faith in the science that has fuelled her imagination, and who will ultimately bring her mother's killer to justice," says Alibi.

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The series is written by Amelia Bullmore, and is based on an original idea by best-selling crime writer Val McDermid.

UKTV drama commissioner Philippa Collie Cousins said of the show: "With strong female characters, this is Happy Valley meets Silent Witness, a dark and exciting show that I can't wait for us to get cracking on."

She added: "When the idea came over from RED it genuinely made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

'Traces' stars Molly Windsor as lab assistant Emma Hedges (Credit: UKTV)
'Traces' stars Molly Windsor as lab assistant Emma Hedges (Credit: UKTV)
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"The fantastic writing talent in Amelia Bullmore coupled with Nicola Shindler and the team at RED will make Alibi's first ever drama commission something really quite special."

Traces starts tonight on Alibi (Sky channel 132).

Featured Image Credit: UKTV

Topics: TV News, TV Entertainment, Line of Duty

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Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.