On the surface, Suspects sounds just like any other procedural crime drama: each episode follows a team of detectives as they investigate and solve different crimes. Sounds boring, huh? Turns out, there’s more to the show than meets the eye. In order to make the show more natural and realistic, the actors on the show improvise their dialogue and their reactions. The director gives them a detailed story document without word-for-word dialogue.
Set in London, Suspects focuses on a team of three detectives, DS Jack Weston (Damien Moloney), DC Charlie Steele (Claire-Hope Ashitey), and DI Martha Bellamy (Fay Ripley, reviving her role as the hard-nosed copper following stellar turns in The Bill and Hustle) of the Greater London Police, during the investigations.
Each episode of the show opens with a news report about the crime. The story then follow the three detectives investigate the crime until they find and charge the criminal. Unusually, we are left almost completely in the dark about the personal lives of the main characters. The show only focuses on police work.
Following the show’s first five-episode season in February 2014, Suspects has covered a variety of crimes ranging from assault and drug abuse to uncovering a paedophile ring, all in the show’s trademark fly-on-the-wall documentary production style.
While very little information has been provided about the latest series, trailers and press-releases promise a return to the show’s previous high stakes, high-tension drama.
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