A new ITV crime drama starring Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton is on its way

Just when we thought we’d been spoilt for choice by ITV this year, the network has announced a brand new crime drama featuring not only one British Hollywood star, but two.

A Confession is a six-part series starring Sherlock‘s Martin Freeman and the one and only Imelda Staunton. Announced by ITV on Monday, the new drama is based on a true story and will be created by Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning TV producer, Jeff Pope and Broadchurch’s Paul Andrew Williams, who will direct each of the six episodes.

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What is A Confession about?

The plot will follow the real-life case of 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan, who disappeared after a night out with friends in her home town of Swindon back in 2011.

‘I found this is a fascinating story to tell on a number of levels,’ said Pope. ‘On one hand it is a brilliant piece of detective work, but in order to find both girls Fulcher felt he had to deny Halliwell his rights as a suspect. It brings into question how we want our police to behave when someone goes missing. Should Fulcher have been praised as a courageous officer fighting for the life of a girl, or lose his career for riding roughshod over the law?’

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Who will be in A Confession?

Freeman will play the role of real-life person Det. Supt. Steve Fulcher, whose decision to deliberately breach police protocol in order to catch a killer cost him both his career and his entire reputation.

Meanwhile his Oscar-nominated co-star Staunton will take the role of Karen Edwards, a mother whose daughter Becky also disappeared eight years earlier. The two cases soon become connected, leading the police to suspect local taxi driver played by Doc Martin‘s Joe Absolom. Sian’s mother, Elaine, will be played by Downton Abbey’s Siobhan Finneran.

When will A Confession air?

We may have to wait a while for this one given the fact that it has only just been announced by ITV. However, we do know that we can expect A Confession to hit our TV screens sometime in 2019.