Touching Evil

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Touching Evil
Genre Crime drama
Created by Paul Abbott
Starring Robson Green
Nicola Walker
Michael Feast
Adam Kotz
Shaun Dingwall
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 16
Production
Running time 50 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original run 29 April 1997 – 6 June 1999

Touching Evil is a British television drama serial, which began airing in 1997. It was produced by United Productions for Anglia Television, and screened on the ITV network. The first season consists of six 50 minute (one-hour with advertisements) episodes. It was created by Paul Abbott, and written by Abbott with Russell T Davies. The serial was very popular, and led to two sequel serials in 1998 and 1999, although these were not written by Abbott or Davies. The first episode aired on 29 April 1997. The last episode of the series aired on 6 June 1999, after 16 episodes and 3 seasons.

The star of the series is popular actor Robson Green, playing a police officer DCI Dave Creegan, whose injuries after a shooting leaves him with strange abilities to sense criminals. Touching Evil III was co-produced by Green's own independent production company, Coastal Productions. Green's co-star was Nicola Walker, playing Creegan's colleague DI Susan Taylor.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Mary Cunningham as Marion (11 episodes)
  • Saskia Downes as Kerry Creegan (7 episodes)
  • Antony Byrne as Barry (7 episodes)
  • Holly Earl as Louise Creegan (7 episodes)
  • Molly Moloney as Ruby Creegan (7 episodes)
  • Adam Kotz as Jonathan Kreitman (6 episodes)
  • John Duttine as Michael Hawkins (4 episodes)
  • Kenneth MacDonald as Cyril (4 episodes)
  • Sean Gilder as Steve Carroll (4 episodes)
  • Sharon Bower as Linda Hawkins (3 episodes)
  • Tara Moran as Hannah Donald (3 episodes)
  • Ian McDiarmid as Ronald Hinks (2 episodes)
  • Philip Jackson as Jim Keller (2 episodes)
  • Jill Halfpenny as Annie Jordan (2 episodes)
  • Claire Rushbrook as Julie Carney (2 episodes)
  • Margot Leicester as Ann Keller (2 episodes)
  • James Nesbitt as David Laney (2 episodes)
  • Charles Dale as DCI Wheelan (2 episodes)
  • Edward Kingham as DC Alan Leach (2 episodes)
  • Andrew Scarborough as DC Martin Simmons (2 episodes)
  • Andy Serkis as Michael Lawler (2 episodes)
  • Kika Markham as Elizabeth Walker (2 episodes)
  • Stephen Walters as Jack McCaffrey (2 episodes)
  • Tony Curran as Emerson (2 episodes)
  • Alphonsia Emmanuel as Jackie Parker (2 episodes)
  • Lucas Hare as Sam Howard (2 episodes)
  • Claudie Blakley as Mo Morrison (2 episodes)
  • Alan Williams as Raymond Mackie (2 episodes)

US version[edit]

Touching Evil
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US version poster
Genre Crime drama
Created by Paul Abbott
Starring Jeffrey Donovan
Vera Farmiga
Kevin Durand
Zach Grenier
Brian Markinson
Country of origin United States
Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel USA Network
Picture format 1.87 : 1
Original run 12 March 2004 – 14 June 2004

In 2004, the USA Network in the United States screened an adaptation of the first serial, produced by actor Bruce Willis's production company, Cheyenne Enterprises, and starring Jeffrey Donovan as Detective David Creegan. Vera Farmiga starred as Creegan's partner Detective Susan Branca. Brian Markinson, Kevin Durand and Zach Grenier also co-starred in the series. The premise was somewhat different from that of the UK series; rather than acquiring the ability to sense criminals, Creegan's recovery from a gunshot wound to the head instead strips him of his impulse control and sense of shame.

The series premiered on 12 March 2004. It ran for 12 episodes, and ended on 14 June 2004. While the American adaptation garnered acclaim from television critics, the USA Network deemed it commercially unsuccessful and opted not to renew the series for a second season.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Larissa Tewson as Samantha Creegan (7 episodes)
  • Sydney Tewson as Lily Creegan (7 episodes)
  • Leila Johnson as Holly Creegan (7 episodes)
  • Bradley Cooper as OSC Agent Mark Rivers (6 episodes)
  • Pruitt Taylor Vince as Cyril Kemp (5 episodes)
  • Peter Wingfield as OSC Agent Jon Krakauer (4 episodes)
  • Christopher Redman as Ben Rivers (3 episodes)
  • D. Neil Mark as OSC Agent Garrett (3 episodes)
  • Aidan Jarrar as Eddie (2 episodes)
  • Veena Sood as OSC Agent Sattrah (2 episodes)
  • Tiffani Timms as Angie (2 episodes)
  • Devon Weigel as Emily Akins (2 episodes)

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