The Secret (TV series)

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The Secret
Genre True-life drama
Based on Let This Be Our Secret
Written by Stuart Urban
Directed by Nick Murphy
Theme music composer Andrew Simon McAllister
Composer(s) Andrew Simon McAllister
Country of origin Northern Ireland
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 4
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Jonathan Curling
Running time 51 minutes (including adverts)
Production company(s) Hat Trick Productions
Original network ITV
Picture format 16:9 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 29 April (2016-04-29) – 20 May 2016 (2016-05-20)

The Secret is a 2016 Northern Irish ITV mini-series based on Let This Be Our Secret, Belfast journalist Deric Henderson's account of the double murder of Lesley Howell and Constable Trevor Buchanan, whose bodies were discovered in a fume-filled car in the garage of a property in Castlerock, County Londonderry, in Northern Ireland in May 1991.[1]

The drama stars James Nesbitt as killer dentist Colin Howell, is written by BAFTA-winning writer Stuart Urban and is directed by Nick Murphy. The producer is Jonathan Curling, and the executive producers are Hat Trick Productions' Mark Redhead and Stuart Urban.[2]

It was broadcast from 29 April to 20 May 2016 in four episodes. The production was criticised by Howell's daughter, for the portrayal of her mother, and for 'exploiting a tragedy'.[3] The drama was BAFTA nominated as Best Drama Miniseries. It won the Royal Television Society award for Best Drama, Northern Ireland and was nominated at The Broadcast Awards as Best Drama.



Episode 1[edit]

In 1990, married dentist Colin meets married teacher Hazel, and they start having an affair. Colin assures her the affair is a spiritual gift.[5]

Episode 2[edit]

Lesley (Colin’s wife) receives an inheritance from her father. Colin asphyxiates Lesley and Hazel's husband Trevor whilst they sleep. He then stages a suicide pact.[6]

Episode 3[edit]

The coroner gives a verdict of suicide. Hazel and Colin continue their relationship, but Hazel feels guilty and can only sleep with Colin whilst heavily drugged. Eventually the relationship ends and they marry new partners. Colin's son Matthew dies. Colin concludes this a punishment from God.[7]

Episode 4[edit]

Colin loses a fortune in a scam, and confesses to the murders. He and Hazel are both imprisoned.[8]


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