ITV commissions true crime drama, Muncie

True story of detective’s hunt for justice!

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*Update: Muncie has now been renamed In Plain Sight.*

Douglas Henshall (Shetland) and Martin Compston (Line of Duty) will lead the cast of new three-part true crime ITV drama Muncie.

Written by Nick Stevens’ in his TV writing debut, Muncie tells the true story of Lanarkshire detective William Muncie’s (Henshall) quest to bring to justice notorious Scottish killer Peter Manuel (Compston).

Released from prison in 1955, Manuel 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 will also include Brian McCardie who takes the role of Samuel Manuel, Denis Lawson as Lawrence Dowdall, Shauna Macdonald as Agnes Muncie, Joanna Roth as Bridget Manuel and Gary Lewis as William Watt.

ITV’s Controller of Drama, Victoria Fea, said: “Muncie is a compelling three part series featuring a true crime story. We’re delighted to be commissioning the mini-series from World Productions and Finlaggan Films, and to be working with Nick Stevens, whose scripts perfectly capture Manuel’s personal vendetta against the man who struggled to bring him to justice.”

Muncie is produced by award winning producers World Productions (Line of Duty, Code of a Killer) and Finlaggan Films. Criminal barrister and true crime author Allan Nicol will act as a consultant for the drama.

Muncie begins filming in Scotland this month (June).