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Channel 5 announces new raft of original dramas

Including the return of Blood which stars Line of Duty's Adrian Dunbar.

Adrian Dunbar will reprise his leading role, alongside Grainne Keenan and new cast members Ian Lloyd Anderson, Fiona Bell and Denis Conway.

The second series (written and executive produced by Sophie Petzal) opens with Jim returning from abroad to find his family in conflict, ultimately leading to a horrific family tragedy which illustrates how our understanding of events and people can alter our beliefs, and how love and grief can blind us to reality.

Brand new dramas announced include new three-part series Penance from West Road Pictures; four-part thriller The Deceived from New Pictures as well as a two hour drama from Awesome Pictures called The Small Hand (WT) based on Susan Hill’s novel.

These dramas follow the success of 15 Days and Agatha & The Truth of Murder and recently announced drama commissions Cold Call and All Creatures Great and Small


Described as a "gripping psychological thriller", Penance has been written and created by Kate O’Riordan (Mr Selfridge) and inspired by her novel of the same title.

The three-part series follows the lives of Rosalie and Luke Douglas and their teenage daughter, Maddie. Following the loss of their son, Rosalie and Luke find their marriage under immense strain. Maddie and Rosalie find themselves in the caring hands of Jed, a charming and charismatic young man that they encounter at bereavement counselling who is also suffering under the weight of his own grief.

Jed rekindles a hope for the future within the Douglas household. But underneath, a deadly and morally corrupt triangle is taking shape. Kate O’Riordan will be writing episodes one and three and Ben Morris (Bancroft), will write episode two.

The Deceived

Written by Derry Girls writer and creator Lisa McGee alongside Tobias Bear, The Deceived is being described as a "contemporary psychological thriller". A compelling, sinister narrative of lust, manipulation and betrayal, the central character is English student Ophelia, who falls in love with her married lecturer.

When their affair results in a shocking and tragic death, Ophelia finds herself trapped in a world where she can no longer trust her own mind.

The Small Hand

A feature-length two-hour adaptation of best-selling author Susan Hill’s novel The Small Hand adapted by writer Barbara Machin (Waking the Dead) described as a "haunting thriller".

When Adam Snow, an antique book dealer finds himself haunted by the ghost of a young boy, he decides to investigate the strange occurrences within his life. As Adam delves deeper, he suffers nightmares and panic attacks as he receives further, increasingly sinister visits from the ghost, ultimately revealing a haunting secret from his own childhood.


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