Suspect starring Sam Heughan: Everything we know about Channel 4’s new crime drama


Sam Heughan has stolen hearts across the world for his charming portrayal of Highland warrior Jamie Fraser in Outlander.

The 41-year-old actor is best known for his role in Diana Gabaldon’s historical fantasy series, but his global fanbase are excited to see him in a lot of upcoming projects.

Adapted from the original Danish series Forhøret, Channel 4’s crime thriller Suspect tells the story of a detective who goes to routinely identify a body and is shocked to discover that it is in fact his estranged daughter.

The Dumfries-born actor is among an all star cast for the new drama – here’s a look at everything we know so far..

Sam is playing Ryan in Suspect
Sam is playing Ryan in Suspect

Who is starring in Suspect?

Channel 4 has announced a star-studded cast for a new eight-part crime thriller as an adaptation of Christoffer Boe’s hit Danish series “Forhøret.”

James Nesbitt will lead the cast for the new series as Danny Fraser, alongside Outlander’s Sam Heughan, Sex Education’s Anne-Marie Duff, and Loki’s Richard E. Grant.

When Sam revealed the exciting news he was cast in the drama, he told fans on Instagram: “What a cast! And brilliant creative team. So excited. Having a blast shooting this with the excellent @driesvos (though I don’t understand a word he says).”

Danny will meet key figures in Christina’s life including her partner Nicola, her best friend Maia, her business partner Jaisal, her godfather Ryan, her mentor Harry and her mother, Danny’s ex-wife Susannah.

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Through his journey, Danny will learn about his daughter’s descent into delinquency and be forced to confront his own failings as a father whilst struggling to determine what really happened.

The cast also includes Joely Richardson, Ben Miller, Niamh Algar, Antonia Thomas, Sacha Dhawan and Imogen King.

What do we know about the plot?

According to the Channel 4 synopsis:

“When veteran detective Danny Frater (James Nesbitt) turns up at a hospital mortuary for what he thinks is a routine ID check on a young woman’s body, he gets a devastating shock; the corpse turns out to be his estranged daughter, Christina (Imogen King).

“He sets out on a mission for the truth, retracing her last days and hours, in an agonizing crusade to discover what really happened to his only child.”

Danny is informed that Christina ended her own life, but refusing to accept that, he uncovers truths and lies that will leave viewers gripped by each episode.

After talking to those closest to her, he begins to get a picture of how Christina’s life had descended, which forces him to confront his own failings as a father.

Ultimately though, Danny has to decide who, if anyone, is responsible for Christina’s death.

What has been said about Suspect?

Speaking about the series, James Nesbitt said: “I could relate to Danny, with his flaws, vulnerabilities and the devastating situation he faces, from the very first moment I picked up the script.

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“Each episode of Suspect (w/t) is an intensely theatrical double-hander, a psychological battle of wits between Danny and another character who may know something about his daughter’s untimely death, and I really can’t wait to lock horns with my fellow cast members and to lead this incredible array of acting talent.”

Channel 4 Head of Drama, Caroline Hollick, said she is “delighted” to welcome Nesbitt back to Channel 4 in “this gripping, visceral thriller.” She continued, “It’s a testament to James’ star power and Matt’s gripping scripts that Suspect has attracted such a sensationally stellar ensemble cast.”

Is Sam Heughan leaving Outlander?

No, don’t worry Outlander fans. Despite a lot of upcoming projects, Sam is not leaving Outlander

Is there a trailer?

No, Channel 4 has not released a trailer for Suspect. Filming for Suspect is due to begin in Autumn 2022.

Will it be available to watch in the USA?

It’s likely this show will air on Channel 4 and be available to watch on More4.

If you want to watch Channel 4, you will need a UK IP address.

So, if you want to watch Channel 4 or All 4 from the US, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, or anywhere else outside the UK, you will need to use a VPN to connect to a UK server.

We will update this once it’s announced what channel Suspect will air on.

When will it be released?

While we do know that Suspect will be available to watch on Channel 4, we don’t currently have a release date.

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We will keep you updated once more information becomes available.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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