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Martin Compston & Molly Windsor join the cast of Traces

They'll star alongside Laura Fraser, Jennifer Spence and Laurie Brett in Alibi's new six-part crime drama, written by Amelia Bullmore.


Traces is a suspense-filled crime thriller based on an original idea by best-selling crime writer Val McDermid and set in the world of forensic science in Dundee, Scotland.


The series explores the world of SIFA, the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science and Anatomy and introduces us to three compelling and very different female characters; Emma Hedges, played by Molly Windsor, Prof. Sarah Gordon played by Laura Fraser and Prof. Kathy Torrance played by Jennifer Spence. Together will use the rigors of forensics to uncover the truth about an unsolved murder case.


When 23-year-old Emma returns to Scotland to take up a new position as a lab assistant at SIFA, she signs up to a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) which teaches the principles of forensic science.


But she soon discovers that the fictitious case study has a strikingly similar and shocking link to her past. As Emma’s sleuthing takes her into darker corners and unpicks more and more secrets, it becomes clear that she should trust no-one. It will be Sarah and Kathy’s exacting minds that reward Emma’s faith in the science that has fuelled her imagination and who will ultimately bring a killer to justice.


Running alongside Emma’s central story, other cases and different forensic disciplines will shine a spotlight on science’s contribution to solving the mysteries of human existence.


Also starring are Rebecca Gatward, Mary Nighy, Vincent Regan, Michael Nardone and John Gordon Sinclair.


Traces will air on Alibi later this year

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