|Created by||Paul Abbott|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Running time||50 minutes|
|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 series consists of six fifty-minute (one-hour with adverts) 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 star 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.
In 2004, the USA Network in the US screened an adaptation of the first serial, produced by actor Bruce Willis's production company, Cheyenne Enterprises and starring Jeffrey Donovan as detective Creegan. 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. While the American adaptation garnered critical acclaim, the USA Network deemed it commercially unsuccessful and opted not to renew the series.
- Touching Evil (UK version) at the Internet Movie Database
- Touching Evil (US version) at the Internet Movie Database
- Touching Evil at The Robson Green Web Site