In the Dark (British TV series)

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In the Dark
Series title on a background of a dark alley
GenreCrime drama
Based onIn the Dark
by Mark Billingham
Written byDanny Brocklehurst
Directed by
Composer(s)Neil Davidge
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes4
Executive producer(s)Hilary Martin[1]
Producer(s)Hugh Warren[1]
CinematographySam Care
Running time58 minutes
Production company(s)BBC Studios[2]
Original networkBBC One
Picture format16:9 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original release11 July (2017-07-11) –
1 August 2017 (2017-08-01)

In the Dark is a four-part British crime drama that premiered on BBC One from 11 July to 1 August 2017. The series is an adaptation of the Mark Billingham novels, Time of Death and In The Dark. It is written by Danny Brocklehurst and stars MyAnna Buring as detective Helen Weeks.[3]


In the Dark consists of two separate two-part stories centring around detective Helen Weeks. In the first two-parter, Helen finds out that she is pregnant and becomes involved in a case in which the husband of her childhood best friend is accused of kidnapping two young girls. In the second two-parter, a heavily pregnant Helen is pulled into the dark side of urban Manchester as she deals with an unexpected tragedy.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [6]
1"Time of Death: Part 1"Gilles BannierDanny Brocklehurst11 July 2017 (2017-07-11)7.96
Manchester-based DI Helen Weeks informs her boyfriend and fellow detective Paul that she is pregnant. While Paul is overjoyed by the news, Helen is apprehensive. Helen returns to her rural home town of Polesford, Derbyshire, after learning that the husband of her childhood best friend, Linda, has been arrested for the abduction of two young girls. Meanwhile, local DI Tim Cornish is under pressure to close the case and is keen to pin the crime on Linda's husband, Stephen.[7]
2"Time of Death: Part 2"Gilles BannierDanny Brocklehurst18 July 2017 (2017-07-18)6.71
Helen and Paul continue to have misapprehensions about the case, bolstered by the advice of their colleague Phil, an MPD coroner. As the evidence proving Stephen's innocence builds up, Helen is forced to confront a vicious crime from her past as well as troubles in her relationship with Paul, then a break in the case leads to a race against time to save the other kidnapped girl.
3"In the Dark: Part 1"Ulrik Imtiaz RolfsenDanny Brocklehurst25 July 2017 (2017-07-25)6.41
As a 38-week pregnant Helen is about to take maternity leave, she is struck by a personal tragedy which threatens to upend her life. Meanwhile, a novice gang member finds himself in over his head after his initiation, and unknowingly connected to Helen.
4"In the Dark: Part 2"Ulrik Imtiaz RolfsenDanny Brocklehurst1 August 2017 (2017-08-01)6.38
As she tries to reconcile the facts of her loss with her own doubts, Helen digs deeper into Manchester's criminal underworld, only to be hit with a betrayal she never saw coming.


Filming for the series began in April 2017 in Manchester and Marsden.[8]


The Daily Telegraph's Michael Hogan gave the first episode three stars out of five, noting that: "In the Dark did show promise and could yet come good. It was taut and tensely atmospheric with an intriguing premise which found its heroine caught in the middle between police and prime suspect."[9]

Reviewing the first episode, The Guardian's Sam Wollaston concluded that: "In The Dark is by no means a trope-free zone...But once you have accepted that, it's a crisp opener (of four) – pacy, thoughtful and skilfully constructed, with multiple strands I am eager to see twisted together again."[7]


  1. ^ a b c "MyAnna Buring confirmed to star in new BBC One thriller In The Dark". BBC. 19 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b Munn, Patrick (28 June 2017). "BBC One Sets Premiere Date For 'In The Dark'". TV Wise.
  3. ^ a b c d Percival, Ash (11 July 2017). "'In The Dark' Cast: Here's Where You've Seen The Stars Of The BBC's Latest Drama Before". HuffPost UK.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Khaira-Hanks, Priya (25 October 2017). "Meet the cast of In the Dark". Radio Times. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ Douglas, Joanne (11 July 2017). "Meet the characters of BBC One drama 'In The Dark' - which was filmed in Marsden". Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
  6. ^ "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB.
  7. ^ a b Wollaston, Sam (12 July 2017). "In the Dark review: a thriller that's just the right side of formulaic". The Guardian.
  8. ^ Douglas, Joanne (4 July 2017). "Watch: BBC release trailer for hit new drama In The Dark filmed in Marsden which starts next week". Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
  9. ^ Hogan, Michael (11 July 2017). "In the Dark is taut thriller with a credible cop-with-a-conscience heroine - review". The Telegraph.

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