Innocent Series 2 follows three years on from the first series, but the case is entirely new, so you don’t need to have seen the first one to know what’s going on, and the only connection is the title and the writer.
This time, the story centres around former teacher Sally Wright (Katherine Kelly), who’s been found… yep, not guilty (you thought I was going to say the title again, didn’t you?) of the murder of a 16-year-old schoolboy, five years earlier in the Lake District. So, like The A-Team, she was convicted of a crime she did not commit. But she hasn’t got a big van in which to drive away.
Going against her is that she was the last person to see the boy alive, and she was alleged to have been sleeping with him. However, while the law has found in her favour, the court of public opinion is still very much against her, including that of Matthew’s parents, John (Andrew Tiernan) and Maria (Lucy Black).
Meanwhile, her ex-husband, Sam (Jamie Bamber), has now got together with a woman called Karen (Priyanga Burford), with plans to marry, so while he’s moved on, it doesn’t make it easier for Sally, and when it comes to her, I can understand her feeling of wanting everything back that she feels was stolen from her, following five years in prison.
On the case to find out who was the real killer is DCI Mike Braithwaite (Shaun Dooley) – whose team including Ayesha from Doctors, aka Laura Rollins – and he might just need Sally’s help to do this.
So, we have a dilemma of who’s telling the truth and who’s lying? Those are the questions which will be answered over the rest of the episodes, and so far, there’s decent performances, and it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out.
However, time was wasted with an unnecessary subplot about Karen’s daughter bullying someone at school, but for a few other things….
Finally, I would say there’s gorgeous views of the Lake District, where the series is set, but as Ms Kelly explained on Breakfast this morning, it was actually filmed in the South of Ireland. Also, they were about to start shooting in March 2020, but after the first lockdown began, it was delayed to the time when they could go before the cameras, which was August/September 2020.
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You can also pre-order the Series 1 and 2 DVD Boxset.
Episode 1: 7/10
Episode 2: 7/10
Episode 3: 7/10
Episode 4: 5/10
Director: Tracey Larcombe
Producer: Jeremy Gwilt
Writer: Chris Lang
Music: Samuel Sim
Sally Wright: Katherine Kelly
DCI Mike Braithwaite: Shaun Dooley
Sam Wright: Jamie Bamber
Karen: Priyanga Burford
Anna Stamp: Ellie Rawnsley
John Taylor: Andrew Tiernan
Maria Taylor: Lucy Black
DC Dave Green: Michael Stevenson
DC Mia Hollins: Janine Wood
DC Suzy Jones: Laura Rollins
Bethany: Amy-Leigh Hickman
Site foreman: Ian Kelsey
School teacher: Barry John Kinsella
Debbie Oram: Rosalyn Wright
Sally’s mother: Paddy Glynn
Emily: Krissi Bohn
Alf: Michael Yare
Mark: Scott Chambers
Supt Denham: Poppy Miller
Jenny: Nadia Albina
Clerk of the court: Rosalind Sarah Waters
Building Society cashier: Bonnie Adair
Judge: Lenny Hayden
Forewoman: Wuese Houston-Jibo
Salon receptionist: Laura Brady
Truck driver: Jerry Iwu
1st journalist: Leann O’Kasi
2nd journalist: Shadaan Felfeli
1st Juror: Katharine Simmons
2nd Juror: Rahman Telliam
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