The Loch (TV series)

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The Loch
Also known as Loch Ness
Genre Crime drama
Created by Stephen Brady
Written by Stephen Brady
Chris Hurford
Directed by Brian Kelly
Cilla Ware
Starring
Composer(s) Ben Bartlett
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 6 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Ross McKenzie
Tim Haines
Natalie Usher
Producer(s) Alan J. Wands
Production location(s) Loch Ness, Scotland
Cinematography Denis Crossan
Editor(s) Colin Monie
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) ITV Studios
Release
Original network ITV
Picture format 16:9 (1080i)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 11 June (2017-06-11) – 16 July 2017 (2017-07-16)

The Loch (also known as Loch Ness) is a six-part British television drama series, created by screenwriter Stephen Brady, that first broadcast on ITV on 11 June 2017.[1] The series follows DS Annie Redford (Laura Fraser), a small town police officer with the Scottish Highland Police as she investigates the murder of piano teacher Niall Swift, who is found dead at the bottom of a cliff in the picturesque village of Lochnafoy, Loch Ness. When it becomes apparent that part of Swift's brain has been removed, and a human heart belonging to another victim is found close by, Annie's team realise they are searching for a serial killer. In response, Glasgow based major investigation detective DCI Lauren Quigley (Siobhan Finneran) is brought in to lead the enquiry.[2]

Supporting cast includes Don Gilet as psychological profiler Blake Albrighton, John Sessions as Annie's boss DCI Frank Smilie, Gray O'Brien as Alan Redford, Annie's husband, and William Ash as local tourist operator Leighton Thomas. The series was filmed in the summer of 2016 and was shown in full in the Netherlands and Australia before its British broadcast. The Netherlands also released the series on DVD in May 2017, a month before the series premiered in the UK.[3] In both countries, the series was aired under its original title of Loch Ness. The reason for this change of name is unknown but may have been done so as not to confuse viewers expecting a series about the loch's famous reputed inhabitant.

The series received mixed to negative reviews. It was released on DVD in the United Kingdom on 17 July 2017.[4]

Cast[edit]

  • Laura Fraser as DS Annie Redford
  • Siobhan Finneran as DCI Lauren Quigley
  • Don Gilet as Blake Albrighton
  • John Sessions as DCI Frank Smilie
  • Gray O'Brien as Alan Redford
  • William Ash as Leighton Thomas
  • Fraser James as Oliver Tench
  • Alastair Mackenzie as Craig Petrie
  • John Heffernan as Dr. Simon Marr
  • Jordan McCurrach as Niall Swift
  • Keiran Gallacher as Jonjo Patterson
  • Shona McHugh as Evie Redford
  • Jack Bannon as Kieran Whitehead
  • Oliver Greenall as Jordan Whitehead
  • Simone Lahbib as Mhari Toner
  • Euan Stamper as Crawford Baxter
  • Conor McCarry as Dessie Toner
  • George Anton as Don McGrellish
  • Victoria Liddelle as Angusina McGrellish
  • Ron Donachie as Iain Sutherland

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [5]
11"Episode 1"Brian KellyStephen Brady11 June 2017 (2017-06-11)8.18
Piano teacher Niall Swift, who had been fired by local doctor Simon Marr just hours earlier, is found dead at the bottom of a cliff by local schoolteacher Craig Petrie. Swift's tragic end is initially deemed as suicide, until pathologists discover that part of his brain was removed while he was still alive. Meanwhile, a human heart is discovered amongst the animal bones and offal used in a prank undertaken by a group of local students, including Annie's daughter, to recreate 'Nessie's corpse'. Realising that the team are dealing with a serial killer, DCI Lauren Quigley is seconded in to lead the investigation, alongside psychological profiler Blake Albrighton.
22"Episode 2"Brian KellyStephen Brady18 June 2017 (2017-06-18)6.98
Blake oversteps the mark by announcing to the media that the team are certain that a serial killer is operating in Lochnafoy.
33"Episode 3"Brian KellyStephen Brady25 June 2017 (2017-06-25)6.54
Quigley organises a village meeting in an attempt to flush out the killer. Annie continues the search for Jonjo.
44"Episode 4"Cilla WareChris Hurford2 July 2017 (2017-07-02)6.29
Tench unwittingly reveals the truth about Leighton to Alan.
55"Episode 5"Cilla WareStephen Brady9 July 2017 (2017-07-09)6.67
The team finally believe they have uncovered the identity of the killer, and Annie discovers evidence which seemingly backs up their theory – but Blake isn't convinced, and continues to dig for clues.
66"Episode 6"Cilla WareStephen Brady16 July 2017 (2017-07-16)6.42
As the real killer remains at large, Annie realises that Evie could be the next victim.

Broadcast[edit]

The Loch aired on 11 June 2017 on ITV. Internationally, broadcast under the title Loch Ness, the series premiered in Australia on 20 April 2017 on BBC First[6] and in the United States on 19 June 2017 on subscription streaming service Acorn TV.[7] The series aired in October and November 2017 on CBC in Canada and 13 ulica in Poland. The series premiered in the Netherlands on 5 November 2017 on RTL 4.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ITV Media – The Loch". itvmedia.co.uk. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  2. ^ Kettley, Sebastian (23 June 2017). "Where is the Loch filmed? Location of ITV's serial killer drama revealed". Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "The Loch". Amazon.com. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Loch". Amazon.com. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Top 30 Programmes". barb.co.uk. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Loch Ness | BBC First". BBC First. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "British Crime Series Loch Ness To Make Exclusive U.S. Premiere on Acorn TV". mysterytribune.com. Retrieved 3 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "The Loch". Veronica Magazine (in Dutch). Retrieved 5 November 2017. 

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