Vincent (TV series)

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Vincent
Genre Crime drama
Created by Stephen Butchard
Written by Stephen Butchard
Directed by Peter Lydon
Terry McDonough
Jeremy Lovering
Roger Gartland
Starring Ray Winstone
Suranne Jones
Angel Coulby
Ian Puleston-Davies
Joe Absolom
Eva Pope
Philip Glenister
Composer(s) Rob Lane
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 8 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Sita Williams
Andy Harries
Producer(s) Rebecca Hodgson
John Rushton
Editor(s) Edward Mansell
Luke Dunkley
Location(s) Heywood, Greater Manchester, England
Manchester, England
Cinematography Lukas Strebel
Kieran McGuigan
Ben Smithard
Running time 90 mins
Production company(s) Granada Television
Release
Original network ITV
Picture format 16:9 576i
Audio format Stereo
Original release 10 October 2005 (2005-10-10) – 6 November 2006 (2006-11-06)
External links
Website

Vincent is a British crime drama series first broadcast on ITV on 10 October 2005. Starring Ray Winstone and Suranne Jones, the series follows the work of a private detective agency who investigate crimes that the police have failed to solve. Angel Coulby, Ian Puleston-Davies, Joe Absolom, Eva Pope and Philip Glenister also feature in the series. After successfully high ratings and critical acclaim for the first series; a second and final series was commissioned, which began transmission on 16 October 2006.

Despite consistently high viewing figures, and Winstone's expressed interest in continuing in the role; ITV chose to axe the series following the conclusion of series two. However, on 25 February 2016, all eight episodes were made available on the ITV store;[1] and creator Stephen Butchard has expressed an interest in writing further episodes.

Plot[edit]

Vincent follows the work of a private detective agency based in Manchester, run by private investigator Vincent Gallagher (Winstone). Alongside with his sidekick Beth (Jones), junior PI Robert (Absolom) and fellow team members Gillian (Coulby) and John (Puleston-Davies), the team investigate a number of cases which the police would either refuse to touch - or have been unable to solve. Vincent's arch enemy, DCI Driscoll (Glenister) begins a relationship with his estranged wife, Cathy (Pope), much to Vincent's dismay. Cathy soon becomes pregnant, providing further anguish for Vincent.[2]

Cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Series 1 (2005)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
(millions)[3]
Original airdate
1 "Love and Devotion" Stephen Butchard Peter Lydon 7.02m 10 October 2005
Vincent and the team are working on a case of suspected adultery. Gary De Silva (Marc Warren), a devoted husband who suspects his beloved wife, Sarah (Charlotte Emerson) is cheating on him, turns to Vincent and the team for help. Vincent can't refuse because his own partner, Cathy, recently left him for DCI David Driscoll and Vincent's pain is still raw. Keeping a vigilant eye on Sarah, Vincent and Beth watch her every move. They follow her to a club and straight into the arms of another man. Gary's suspicions are confirmed and Vincent immediately calls him to break the news, sending Gary into a frenzy ...
2 "The Prodigal Son" Stephen Butchard Peter Lydon 6.07m 17 October 2005
When his perfect son, Ian, is knifed to death in a nightclub, his wealthy father Edward Harper (Rupert Frazer) calls on Vincent and the team to investigate the murder. The prime suspect is Ian's friend, James O'Connor (Adam Rayner), but the police are unable to touch him due to the lack of evidence and willingness of witnesses to talk. Much to Vincent's annoyance the investigating officer on the case is his personal and professional rival DCI Driscoll. James's father is none other than notorious nightclub owner, Terry O'Connor (Roy Marsden) and it was in one of his clubs that Ian was killed. Unable to resist the temptation of this intriguing and potentially dangerous case, Vincent pays a visit to Terry's nightclub.
3 "Dual Personality" Stephen Butchard Roger Gartland 5.98m 24 October 2005
Vincent's personal life is now in complete turmoil, after Cathy calls round to tell him that she's pregnant with Driscoll's baby. Vincent's devastated because she always said she didn't want to have children, but now she's found new love she's changed her mind. He decides to throw himself into a new case when recent lottery winner, Andrea Kendall is mysteriously killed, as she celebrates her win with the rest of the syndicate, her fiancé, Donny Watson (Stuart Laing), flamboyant salsa teacher, Deborah Finnigan (Tracie Bennett), and disgruntled Joe (Seamus O'Neill) and Pam Morgan, who pulled out of the syndicate just weeks before the win. Another winner, Sheena Bennett (Kate Gartside) has asked Vincent and the team to investigate. Sheena is concerned that suspicion is falling upon her brother Malcolm (Shaun Dooley), who suffers from a personality disorder and was seen following Andrea, as she left the celebration. Vincent instantly likes Malcolm and feels for Sheena when he realises she's had to bring him up as her own child, leaving her without a life of her own.
4 "The Rich and the Guilty" Stephen Butchard Roger Gartland 6.58m 31 October 2005
When housewife Sally Mortimer (Barbara Durkin) finds thousands of pounds stashed in her husband, William's (Terence Mann) wardrobe, she's extremely suspicious and calls on Vincent and the team to investigate. Supposedly going away on business, John tails William to the airport. As he checks in for Madrid, John is only too happy to hop on the same flight. Confident that his team are on the Mortimer case, Vincent takes on another client, Keith Evans (Stephen Tomlin), who is concerned that his teenage son, Joel is acting out of character and mixing with the wrong crowd. Vincent asks Robert to keep a vigilant eye on Joel. At the hotel William is greeted by a beautiful woman, Julia (Maggie O'Neill) and it's clear his trip is less business, more pleasure ...

Series 2 (2006)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
(millions)[3]
Original airdate
1 "Taking the Rap" Stephen Butchard Terry McDonagh 5.36m 16 October 2006
Vincent is called upon by distraught wife Selina, whose husband, Raymond, has confessed to the murder of chambermaid Eva Krackowic (Carolyn Ann Jones), and is serving time as a result. He's received a substantial financial payment and Selina, who's convinced her husband is being paid to do time for someone else, wants to nail the real killer and find out who is funding the cover up. After visiting The Central, the plush hotel where Raymond and Eva worked, Vincent pays Raymond a surprise visit in prison and asks him if he's really thought this through, while Selina begs her husband to tell the truth. Kenyon insists he was sleeping with Eva and because she threatened to blow the lid on their affair, he snapped and killed her. But Vincent doesn't buy it and, after getting his hands on some pictures from the crime scene, begins an investigation to find out if Raymond is the killer or not.
2 "Soldiers of a False Army" Stephen Butchard Jeremy Lovering 5.54m 23 October 2006
Vincent is employed by a cheating husband, Paul Hewitt, who fell for honey trap Laura. She not only seduced him, but she also drugged him and made off with his wedding ring. Laura eventually agrees to hand the ring over for £500, which Beth pays. But when their meeting is interrupted by an elusive character called Gavin West (Anthony Flanagan), Beth's forced to leave without the ring or the money. Meanwhile, Vincent's attentions then turn to Gavin West, especially when he learns that he's the president of a security firm and nothing happens on the estate without his say so. After following him and his 'soldiers' to a church community hall, Vincent and Beth senses trouble. They find Father Frank at breaking point and are shocked to learn the centre's been a target for some time. Will Frank take up Vincent's offer of help?
3 "The Bodies Beneath" Ed Whitmore Terry McDonagh 5.45m 30 October 2006
Teenager Amy has been murdered and all the hallmarks match serial killer Stephen Knight. So, the police, who are convinced they have their man, close the case. But then, Amy's mother receives a letter from Knight confessing to other murders but not Amy's. Not knowing what to believe, she calls on Vincent's help. Despite resistance from the police about their involvement, Vincent and Beth go and see Knight in prison, who insists the real killer is still out there. Then it emerges Amy worked as a temp for Nelson Global. Is there more going on at the company then anyone else first realised?
4 "Under Fire" Stephen Butchard Jeremy Lovering 5.52m 6 November 2006
Vincent is called upon by single parent Daniel Stevens, who finds his home under attack and fears for the safety of his young daughter, Chloe. When it becomes clear there has been an intruder, Beth moves in as cover and finds herself enjoying her ready-made family. Meanwhile, Daniel's mate Eddie, who Robert has under constant surveillance, is found dead in his home. How is the death linked to the break in? And, when Beth and Chloe are kidnapped from the school gates, Vincent faces a race against time to find the link between Daniel and the killer and rescue them before it's too late.

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