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First Look: In Plain Sight

The true story of Lanarkshire detective William Muncie’s quest to bring to justice notorious Scottish killer Peter Manuel will be dramatised in In Plain Sight, a new three-part mini-series starting on 7th December on ITV 1.

Douglas Henshall (Collision, Shetland) takes the role of William Muncie while Peter Manuel is played by Martin Compston (Line of Duty).

William Muncie first arrested Peter Manuel in 1946 for housebreaking, but also successfully convicted him for a string of sexual assaults. But Manuel vowed revenge. Released from prison in 1955, he embarked on a two-year killing spree, claiming eight lives in the close-knit communities of South Lanarkshire. He also made Muncie his number one target audience, sending him birthday cards and leaving tantalising clues.

Manuel evaded capture for so long because he was unlike anything the local police had ever encountered: a murderer without any discernible motive whose victims were chosen at random. Muncie was the one man who had Manuel’s measure and doggedly refused to give up until Manuel was brought to justice.

The cast also includes Gilly Gilchrist (Versailles) who takes the role of Samuel Manuel, Denis Lawson (New Tricks) as Lawrence Dowdall, Shauna Macdonald (Ripper Street) as Agnes Muncie, Joanna Roth (The Widower) as Bridget Manuel and Gary Lewis (Outlander) as William Watt.

In Plain Sight has been produced by Gillian McNeill (Casanova, Vanity Fair) and executive produced by Simon Heath (Line of Duty, The Great Train Robbery), Kirstie Macdonald (The Fear, Dark Angel) and Richard McNeill. The mini-series is directed by John Strickland, who helmed the recent Line of Duty finale. Nick Stevens makes his TV writing debut after extensively researching the story, and criminal barrister and true crime author Allan Nicol acts as a consultant for the drama.

Don’t miss the first episode on Wednesday 7th December on ITV 1!

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